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Palau Plans to Seek ICJ Advisory Opinion on Climate Change

26/09/2011 – 7:30 am | 2 Comments

The UN News Centre reports that the small island state of Palau plans to seek an advisory opinion from the ICJ in relation to climate change. While the exact details of the plan is not yet clear, this is indeed a significant development. The ICJ has on previous occasions ruled that, while states have the sovereign right to explore their natural resources, states are under …

The Palestinian bid for UN membership

23/09/2011 – 12:11 pm | 3 Comments

In their recent article in the New York Times, entitled “Ten Reasons for a European ‘Yes’”, Martti Ahtisaari (former president of Finland and U.N. mediator, and 2008 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) and Javier Solana (distinguished senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, former secretary general of NATO and EU high representative for common foreign and security policy) provided their ten reasons why a bid …

Jurisdictional Immunities of the State (Germany v. Italy: Greece intervening)

20/09/2011 – 11:53 pm | 2 Comments

Background of the case and history of the legal proceedings
In its application of 23 December 2008 Germany brought a complaint before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), claiming that in recent years, Italian judicial bodies repeatedly disregarded its jurisdictional immunity as a sovereign State. According to Germany, the critical stage of that development was reached by the judgment of the Corte di Cassazione of 11 …