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Update on current ICJ cases | Law Not War

The ICJ currently has 23 cases on its docket. Here is a short update on some of them.
  1. Obligations of States with respect to Climate Change. On April 12, 2024, the ICJ announced that 91 written statements have been submitted to the ICJ Advisory Opinion case on Climate Change, most of these by UN Member States. This is the highest number of written statements ever to have been filed in advisory proceedings before the Court. 
  2. Mexico v Ecuador. On April 11, 2024, Mexico filed proceedings against Ecuador challenging the legality of Ecuador's raiding the Mexican Embassy in Quito on April 5 to arrest and apprehend Jorge David Glas Espinel. Sr Glas is the former Vice-president of Ecuador, who was sheltering in the embassy in order to seek political asylum in Mexico;
  3. Nicaragua v Germany. On April 8-9, 2024, the ICJ held public hearings to consider provisional measures requested by Nicaragua in their case against Germany on Alleged Breaches of Certain International Obligations in respect of the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Nicaragua is arguing that Germany is violating its obligations under international law by providing military aid to Israel to support illegal military and political operations in Palestine. 
  4.  Armenia v Azerbaijan and Azerbaijan v Armenia. The ICJ is holding public hearings this week (April 15-19) on preliminary objections from Azerbaijan in the case lodged by Armenia in which they allege that Azerbaijan has implemented a policy of  systemic discrimination, mass killings, torture and other abuse of Armenians.

    In the following week (April 22-26) the Court will hold public hearings on preliminary objections from Armenia to the case lodged by Azerbaijan alleging that Armenia has engaged in discriminatory acts against Azerbaijanis on the basis of their ‘national or ethnic’ in violation of the  International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

  5. Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. The ICJ held public hearings from February 19-26, 2024 on this Advisory Opinion requested by the UN General Assembly. 49 Member States of the United Nations and three international organizations presented oral statements during the hearings. You can read the statements at the oral hearings page, and watch the video recordings of the proceedings at the ICJ multi-media page

Genocide cases in the ICJ

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