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016- Anglo Iranian Oil (UK vs Iran)

On 26 May 1951, the United Kingdom filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Iran in respect of a dispute concerning the nationalisation of the Iranian-British company Anglo-Iranian Oil. Indeed, an agreement had been concluded between the Iranian Government and the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. concerning an oil concession in 1933. In 1951, Iran passed and enacted laws to nationalize the oil industry, which gave rise to a dispute between the State and the company.

Iran had pleaded preliminary objections to the Jurisdiction of the Court. In its judgment of July 22nd, 1952, the Court declared that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.

Judgment of 22-07-1952.pdf

This summary is provided for informational purposes only, does not involve the responsibility of Dome and should in no way be used as a substitute for a careful reading of the judgment and order of the case.