085- Maritime Delimitation between Guinea Bissau and Senegal (Guinea Bissau vs Senegal)

085- Maritime Delimitation between Guinea Bissau and Senegal (Guinea Bissau vs Senegal) On March 12th, 1991, Guinea-Bissau filed an application instituting proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Senegal. In so far as that application had a clear connection with the case 082- Arbitral Award of 31 July 1989 (Guinea Bissau vs Senegal) still […]

080- Certain Phosphate Lands in Nauru (Nauru vs Autralia)

080- Certain Phosphate Lands in Nauru (Nauru vs Australia) On May 19th, 1989 the Republic of Nauru filed an application instituting proceedings against the Commonwealth of Australia in respect of a dispute concerning the rehabilitation of certain phosphate lands mined under Australian administration before Nauruan independence. It contended that Australia had violated:  Its trusteeship obligations […]

079- Aerial Incident of 03 July 1988 (Iran vs USA)

079- Aerial Incident of 03 July 1988 (Iran vs USA) On May 17th, 1989, the Islamic Republic of Iran filed with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against the United States of America, following the destruction in flight by a missile cruiser of the US forces operating in the Persian Gulf […]

077- Applicability of the Obligation to Arbitrate under Section 21 of the UN Headquarters

077- Applicability of the Obligation to Arbitrate under Section 21 of the UN Headquarters On March 2nd, 1988, the Secretary-General of the United Nations transmitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolution 42/229B in which the General Assembly requested an advisory opinion on whether “the United States of America, as a party to the […]

076- ELSI (USA vs Italy)

076-Elettronica Sicula S.p.A. (ELSI) (USA vs. Italy) On February 6th, 1987, the United States filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Italy concerning a dispute arising from the requisition by the Italian Government of the factory and other assets of Raytheon-Elsi S.p.A., an Italian company which was, in its […]

074- Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua vs Honduras)

074- Border and Trans-border Armed Actions (Nicaragua vs Honduras) On July 28th, 1986, Nicaragua filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Honduras. It accused the latter of alleged violations of international law, in particular as a result of military activities carried out against the Nicaraguan authorities by the “contras”, […]

073- Border and Transborder Armed Actions (Nicaragua vs Costa Rica)

073- Border and Trans-border Armed Actions (Nicaragua vs Costa Rica) On July 28th, 1986, Nicaragua filed before an application instituting proceedings against Costa Rica before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). He accused the latter of alleged violations of international law, in particular as a result of military activities carried out against the Nicaraguan authorities […]

069- Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso vs Mali)

069- Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso vs Mali) On October 14th 1983, Burkina Faso and Mali jointly notified the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of a compromise in which it requested the Court to delimit the land border between the two countries for part of its length. In its Order dated April 3rd 1985, the Court set […]

064- US Diplomatic and Consular Staff in Tehran (USA vs Iran)

064- US Diplomatic and Consular Staff in Tehran (USA vs Iran) On November 29th, 1979, the United States filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against the Republic of Iran. Indeed, members of the American diplomatic and consular staff had been taken hostage during an attack carried out on November […]

061- Western Sahara

061- Western Sahara On 13 December 1974, the General Assembly requested the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to provide an advisory opinion on the following questions: “I. Was Western Sahara (Rio de Oro and Sakiet El Hamra) at the time of colonization by Spain a territory belonging to no one (terra nullius) ?” If the […]

060- Trial of Pakistani Prisoner of War (Pakistan vs India)

060- Trial of Pakistani Prisoner of War (Pakistan vs India) On May 11th, 1973, Pakistan filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) instituting proceedings against India on the grounds that, according to Pakistan, India intended to surrender 195 Pakistani prisoners of war to Bangladesh, which had intended to put them on trial […]

058- Nuclear Tests (Australia vs France)

058- Nuclear Tests (Australia vs France) On May 9th, 1973, Australia filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against France concerning the nuclear weapons tests in the atmosphere which that State proposed to carry out in the South Pacific region. France communicated to the Court its decision not to participate […]

056- Fisheries Jurisdiction Case (Germany vs Iceland)

056- Fisheries Jurisdiction Case (Germany vs Iceland) On June 5th, 1972, respectively, the Federal Republic of Germany filed an application instituting proceedings against Iceland before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning a dispute over the proposed extension by Iceland, as from September 1st, 1972, of the limits of its exclusive fisheries jurisdiction from a […]

055- Fisheries Jurisdiction Case (UK vs Iceland)

055- Fisheries Jurisdiction Case (UK vs Iceland) On April 14th, 1972, respectively, the United Kingdom filed an application instituting proceedings against Iceland before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning a dispute over the proposed extension by Iceland, as from September 1st, 1972, of the limits of its exclusive fisheries jurisdiction from a distance of […]

044- Aerial Incident of 07-11-1954 (USA vs USSR)

044- Aerial Incident of 07-11-1954 (USA vs USSR) On June 8th, 1959, the United States filed an application instituting proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in connection with the aerial incident of November 7th, 1954. In this case, a US B-29 aircraft had been destroyed […]

041- Barcelona Traction (Belgium vs Spain)

041- Barcelona Traction (Belgium vs Spain) On September 23rd, 1958, Belgium filed an application instituting proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Spain concerning the bankruptcy in Spain in 1948 of Barcelona Traction, a public limited company formed in Toronto in 1911 and which capital belonged largely to Belgian nationals. It claimed that […]

040- Aerial Incident of 04 Sept. 1954 (USA vs USSR)

040- Aerial Incident of 04 Sept. 1954 (USA vs USSR) On July 25th, 1958, the United States filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in connection with the air incident of September 4, 1954. In this case, a U.S. Navy P2-V aircraft […]

037- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (UK vs Bulgaria)

037- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (UK vs Bulgaria) On November 22nd, 1957, the United Kingdom filed an application instituting proceedings against Bulgaria before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This motion was related to the case 035- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (Israel vs Bulgaria). Indeed, British passengers were on board the plane […]

036- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (USA vs Bulgaria)

036- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (USA vs Bulgaria) On October 28th, 1957, the United States filed an application before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) instituting proceedings against Bulgaria. This motion was related to the case 035- Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (Israel vs Bulgaria). Indeed, American passengers were on board the plane that […]

034- Interhandel (Switzerland vs USA)

034- Interhandel (Switzerland vs USA) On October 2nd, 1957, Switzerland filed an application instituting proceedings against the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). It contended that the US had vested the assets of General Aniline and Film Corporation (registered in the United States), which was owned by Interhandel, a company registered in […]

028- Aerial Incident of 07 Oct. 1952 (USA vs USSR)

028- Aerial Incident of 07 Oct. 1952 (USA vs USSR) On June 2nd, 1955, the United States filed an application instituting proceedings before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in connection with the air incident of October 7th, 1954. In this case, a U.S. Navy B-29 aircraft […]

027- Antarctica (UK vs Chile)

027- Antarctica (UK vs Chile) On May 4th 1955, the United Kingdom filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Chili, 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 […]

026- Antarctica (UK vs Argentina)

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 […]

025- Aerial Incident of 10 March 1953 (USA vs Czechoslovakia)

025- Aerial Incident of 10 March 1953 (USA vs Czechoslovakia) On March 22nd, 1955, the United States filed an application instituting proceedings against Czechoslovakia before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in connection with the aerial incident of March 10, 1953. In this case, an F-84 aircraft had been destroyed inside the United States occupation […]

023- Treatment in Hungary of Aircraft and Crew of the USA (USA vs USSR)

023- Treatment in Hungary of Aircraft and Crew of the USA (USA vs USSR) On March 3rd, 1954, the United States filed an application instituting proceedings against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics(USSR) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ)  in connection with the aerial incident of November 19th, 1951. In the present case, an […]

022- Treatment in Hungary of Aircraft and Crew of USA (USA vs Hungary)

022- Treatment in Hungary of Aircraft and Crew of USA (USA vs Hungary) On March 3rd, 1954, the United States filed before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings against Hungary in connection with the air incident of November 19th, 1951. In the present case, an American C-47 aircraft and its crew […]

020- Societe Electricite de Beyrouth (France vs Lebanon)

020- Societe Electricite de Beyrouth (France vs Lebanon) On August 15th, 1953, France filed an application instituting proceedings against Lebanon before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning certain measures taken by the Lebanese Government affecting two French companies. The applicant State considered that those measures were contrary to certain commitments resulting from an agreement […]

011- Rights of USA Nationals in Morocco (France vs USA)

011- Rights of USA Nationals in Morocco (France vs USA) On October 28th, 1950, France filed an application instituting proceedings against the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning the rights of American nationals in Morocco. By decree of December 30th, 1948, the French authorities of the protectorate of Morocco had taken […]

006- Protection of French Nationals and Protected Persons in Egypt (France vs Egypt)

006- Protection of French Nationals and Protected Persons in Egypt (France vs Egypt) Following measures that it considered unfairly severe against its protected nationals and persons, France brought an action against Egypt before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). However, the case was decided without the Court having to rule, as the Government of Egypt […]