INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE TO DELIVER
JUDGMENTS ON PRELIMINARY ISSUES
IN MARSHALL ISLANDS’ NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT CASES
ON OCTOBER 5 AT 10:00 A.M.
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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) will deliver its judgments on preliminary issues in the three Marshall Islands’ nuclear disarmament cases against India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom on October 5 at 10:00 am local time in The Hague. The judgments will be read in open court.
The nuclear disarmament lawsuits were filed on April 24, 2014 in the ICJ by the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The cases aim to hold the nuclear-armed nations accountable for their breaches of Article VI of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law.
In all three cases the Court is to address and decide questions of jurisdiction and admissibility. If these questions are decided in favor of the Marshall Islands, the cases will go forward to the merits stage. If the Court decides against the Marshall Islands in any of the cases, the litigation in that case will be ended.
For those unable to travel to The Hague, the judgments will be webstreamed live (no delay) on two sites:
- ICJ website: http://www.icj-cij.org/presscom/multimedia.php?p1=6
- UN webtv: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/international-court-of-justice-icj/icj-cases-pending/
For those who plan to be in The Hague, information regarding media admission and accreditation is in this ICJ press release.
Contact information for the International Legal Team:
Phon van den Biesen, Co-Agent of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Attorney at Law at Van den Biesen Kloostra Advocaten, Amsterdam
Press releases about the March hearings on the preliminary issues and other information about the lawsuits can be found at http://www.nuclearzero.org/newsmedia. The California-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is consultant to the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
For those attending the session, Mr. van den Biesen will be available for comment to the press 15 minutes after the conclusion of the session; venue to be announced at that point in time.