026- Antarctica (UK vs Argentina)

On May 4th 1955, the United Kingdom filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Argentina, regarding disputes concerning sovereignty over certain islands and lands of Antarctica. In that application, the United Kingdom stated that it accepted the jurisdiction of the Court and that, although to its knowledge Argentina had not yet done the same, the country was legally entitled to do so.

By letter dated July 15th, 1955, Chile made it clear that it deemed  the United Kingdom’s application without legal basis and that the Court lacked jurisdiction to hear this matter. In these circumstances, the Court found that it could not hear the case and issued an order for removal from the Register on March 16th 1956.

Order of 16-03-1956.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.