List of International Court of Justice cases

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This is a list of contentious cases and advisory opinions brought to the International Court of Justice since its creation in 1946. As of April 24, 2014 160 cases have been entered onto the general list for consideration before the court.

Only nation-states have standing to bring forward claims, but certain United Nations bodies and agencies such as the UN General Assembly have the power to submit questions for advisory opinions.[1][2] Such advisory opinions issued by the ICJ are not binding under international law, but do provide the ICJ's interpretation of what international law is.[3]

Case # Case name Applicant Respondent Date of application Date of disposition Type of disposition
1 Corfu Channel Case  United Kingdom  Albania 22 May 1947[4] 9 April 1949[5] Judgment on Merits
3 Conditions of Admission of a State to Membership in the United Nations United Nations UN General Assembly 24 November 1949[6] 9 April 1949[7] Opinion on Merits
4 Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations United Nations UN General Assembly 7 December 1948[8] 11 April 1949[9] Opinion on the Merits
5 Fisheries Case  United Kingdom  Norway 28 September 1949[10] 18 December 1951[11] Judgment on Merits
6 Case Concerning the Protection of French Nationals and Protected Persons in Egypt  France  Egypt 13 October 1949[12] 29 March 1950[13] Discontinued
7 Asylum Case  Colombia  Peru 15 October 1949[14] 20 November 1950[15] Judgment on Merits
8 Interpretation of Peace Treaties with Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania United Nations UN General Assembly 18 July 1950[16]
9 Competence of the General Assembly for the Admission of a State to the United Nations United Nations UN General Assembly 3 March 1950
10 International Status of South West Africa United Nations UN General Assembly 11 July 1950
11 Rights of Nationals of the United States of America in Morocco  France  United States 28 October 1950[17] 27 August 1952[18] Judgment on Merits
12 Reservations to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide United Nations UN General Assembly 28 May 1951
13 Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 20 November 1950 in the Asylum Case  Colombia  Peru 27 November 1950
14 Haya de la Torre  Colombia  Peru 13 June 1951
15 Ambatielos Case  Greece  United Kingdom 19 May 1953
16 Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.  United Kingdom  Iran 26 May 1951[19] 22 July 1952[20] Judgment on Jurisdiction
17 Minquiers and Ecrehos Case  France  United Kingdom 17 November 1953
18 Nottebohm Case  Liechtenstein  Guatemala 6 April 1955
19 Monetary Gold Removed from Rome in 1943  Italy  France,  United Kingdom,  United States 15 June 1954
21 Effect of Awards of Compensation Made by the United Nations Administrative Tribunal United Nations UN General Assembly 13 July 1954
24 Voting Procedure on Questions relating to Reports and Petitions concerning the Territory of South West Africa United Nations UN General Assembly 7 June 1955
29 Certain Norwegian Loans  France  Norway 6 July 1957
30 Judgements of the Administrative Tribunal of the ILO upon Complaints made against UNESCO UNESCO UNESCO 23 October 1956
31 Admissibility of Hearings of Petitioners by the Committee on South West Africa United Nations UN General Assembly 1 June 1956
32 Right of Passage over Indian Territory  Portugal  India Note: judgment on preliminary objections on 26 November 1957 12 April 1960
33 Application of the Convention of 1902 Governing the Guardianship of Infants  Netherlands  Sweden 28 November 1958
34 Interhandel Case   Switzerland  United States 24 October 1957
35 Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955  Israel  Bulgaria Judgment on Preliminary Objections 26 May 1959
38 Sovereignty over Certain Frontier Land  Belgium  Netherlands 20 June 1959
39 Arbitral Award Made by the King of Spain on 23 December 1906  Honduras  Nicaragua 18 November 1960
43 Constitution of the Maritime Safety Committee of the Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organization International Maritime Organization 8 June 1960
45 Preah Vihear Temple  Cambodia  Thailand 15 June 1962; Judgment on Preliminary Objections 26 May 1961
46 South West Africa Case  Ethiopia /  Liberia  South Africa Judgment on the Second Phase: 18 July 1966 Note: judgment on preliminary objections 21 December 1962
48 Northern Cameroons  Cameroon  United Kingdom Judgment on Preliminary Objections 2 December 1963
49 Certain Expenses of the United Nations United Nations UN General Assembly 20 July 1962
50 Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited  Belgium  Spain 5 February 1970 Note: judgment on preliminary objections 24 July 1964
52 North Sea Continental Shelf cases  West Germany  Denmark /  Netherlands 20 February 1969
53 Legal Consequences for States of the Continued Presence of South Africa in Namibia (South West Africa) notwithstanding Security Council Resolution 276 United Nations Security Council 21 June 1971
54 Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council  India  Pakistan 18 August 1972
56 Fisheries Jurisdiction Case  United Kingdom  Iceland 25 July 1974
57 Application for Review of Judgement No. 158 of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal United Nations Administrative Tribunal 12 July 1973
58 Nuclear Tests Case (Australia v. France)  Australia  France 20 December 1974
59 Nuclear Tests Case (New Zealand v. France)  New Zealand  France 20 December 1974
61 Western Sahara United Nations UN General Assembly 16 October 1975
62 Aegean Sea Continental Shelf Case  Greece  Turkey 19 December 1978
63 Continental Shelf (Tunisia/Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)  Tunisia  Libya 24 February 1982
64 United States Diplomatic and Consular Staff in Tehran  United States  Iran 24 May 1980
65 Interpretation of the Agreement of 25 March 1951 between the WHO and Egypt  WHO 20 December 1980
66 Application for Review of Judgement No. 273 of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal United Nations Administrative Tribunal 20 July 1982
67 Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary in the Gulf of Maine Area  Canada  United States 12 October 1984
68 Continental Shelf (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya/Malta)  Libya  Malta 3 June 1985
69 Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Republic of Mali)  Burkina Faso  Mali 22 December 1986
70 Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua  Nicaragua  United States 27 June 1986
71 Application for Revision and Interpretation of the Judgment of 24 Februaiy 1982 in the Case concerning the Continental Shelf (Tunisia/Libyan Arab Jamahiriya)  Tunisia  Libya 10 December 1985
72 Application for Review of Judgement No. 333 of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal United Nations Administrative Tribunal 27 May 1987
75 Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute  El Salvador  Honduras: Nicaragua 11 September 1992
76 Elettronica Sicula S.p.A. (ELSI)  United States  Italy 20 July 1989
77 Applicability of the Obligation to Arbitrate under Section 21 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement of 26 June 1947 United Nations UN General Assembly 26 April 1988
78 Maritime Delimitation in the Area Between Greenland and Jan Mayen  Denmark  Norway 14 June 1993
80 Certain Phosphate Lands in Nauru  Nauru  Australia Note: judgment on preliminary objections 26 June 1992
81 Applicability of Article VI, Section 22, of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations United Nations ECOSOC 15 December 1989
83 Territorial Dispute (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya/Chad)  Libya  Chad 3 February 1994
84 East Timor  Portugal  Australia 30 June 1995
86 Passage through the Great Belt  Finland  Denmark 10 September 1992 Case Discontinued
87 Maritime Delimitation and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain  Qatar  Bahrain 16 March 2001
88 Questions of Interpretation and Application of the 1971 Montreal Convention arising from the Aerial Incident at Lockerbie (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya v. United Kingdom)  Libya  United Kingdom Note: judgment on preliminary objections 27 February 1998
89 Questions of Interpretation and Application of the 1971 Montreal Convention arising from the Aerial Incident at Lockerbie (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya v. United States of America)  Libya  United States Note: judgment on preliminary objection 27 February 1998
90 Oil Platforms (Islamic Republic of Iran v United States of America)  Iran  United States 6 November 2003
91 Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia and Montenegro)  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Serbia and Montenegro 26 February 2007
92 Gabčíkovo-Nagymaros Project  Hungary  Slovenia 25 September 1997
93 Legality of the Use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict  WHO 8 July 1996
94 Land and Maritime Boundary Between Cameroon and Nigeria  Cameroon  Nigeria 15 March 1996
94 Land and Maritime Boundary Between Cameroon and Nigeria  Cameroon  Nigeria: Equatorial Guinea 10 October 2002 Note: judgment on preliminary objections 11 June 1998
95 Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons United Nations UN General Assembly 8 July 1996
96 Fisheries Jurisdiction (Spain v. Canada)  Spain  Canada Judgment on Jurisdiction 4 December 1998
97 Request for an Examination of the Situation in Accordance with Paragraph 63 of the Court's Judgment of 20 December 1974 in the Nuclear Tests  New Zealand  France Order of 22 September 1995
98 Kasikili/Sedudu Island  Botswana  Namibia 13 December 1999
99 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Paraguay v. United States of America)  Paraguay  United States Orders 9 April 1998 and 10 November 1998
100 Difference Relating to Immunity from Legal Process of a Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights United Nations ECOSOC 29 April 1999
102 Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan  Indonesia  Malaysia 17 December 2002 Note: judgment on Application for Permission to Intervene 23 October 2001
103 Ahmadou Sadio Diallo  Guinea  Democratic Republic of the Congo 19 June 2012
104 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (Germany v. United States of America)  Germany  United States Order 3 March 1999
105 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Belgium)  Yugoslavia  Belgium 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
107 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. France)  Yugoslavia  France 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
108 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Germany)  Yugoslavia  Germany 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
109 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Italy)  Yugoslavia  Italy 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
110 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Netherlands)  Yugoslavia  Netherlands 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
111 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Portugal)  Yugoslavia  Portugal 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
112 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. Spain)  Yugoslavia  Spain 29 April 1999 2 June 1999 Case discontinued
113 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. United Kingdom)  Yugoslavia  United Kingdom 29 April 1999 15 December 2004 Judgment on Jurisdiction
114 Legality of Use of Force (Yugoslavia v. United States of America)  Yugoslavia  United States 29 April 1999 2 June 1999 Case discontinued
115 Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Burundi)  Democratic Republic of the Congo  Burundi Order 30 January 2001
116 Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)  Democratic Republic of the Congo  Uganda Order 1 July 2000
117 Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Rwanda)  Democratic Republic of the Congo  Rwanda Order 30 January 2001
118 Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia)  Croatia  Serbia Judgment on Preliminary Objections 18 November 1998 In progress
119 Aerial Incident of 10 August 1999  Pakistan  India Note: judgment on jurisdiction 21 June 2000
120 Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea  Nicaragua  Honduras 8 October 2007
121 Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000  Democratic Republic of the Congo  Belgium 14 February 2002 Note: order 8 December 2013
122 Application for the Revision of the Judgment of 11 July 1996 in the Case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide  Bosnia and Herzegovina  Yugoslavia Note: judgment on preliminary objections 3 February 2003
123 Certain Property (Liechenstein v. Germany)  Liechtenstein  Germany Note: judgment on preliminary objections 10 February 2005
124 Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia)  Nicaragua  Colombia
125 Frontier Dispute (Benin/Niger)  Benin  Niger 12 July 2005
126 Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (New Application: 2002) (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Rwanda)  Democratic Republic of the Congo  Rwanda 3 February 2006
127 Application for Revision of the Judgment of 11 September 1992 in the Case concerning the Land, Island And Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras: Nicaragua Intervening)  El Salvador  Honduras 18 December 2003
128 Avena and Other Mexican Nationals  Mexico  United States 31 March 2004 Note: order 5 February 2003
129 Certain Criminal Proceedings in France  Democratic Republic of the Congo  France 16 November 2010 Case Discontinued
130 Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge  Malaysia  Singapore 23 May 2008
131 Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory United Nations UN General Assembly 7 July 2004
132 Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea  Romania  Ukraine 3 February 2009
133 Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights  Costa Rica  Nicaragua 13 July 2009
134 Status vis-à-vis the Host State of a Diplomatic Envoy to the United Nations  Dominica   Switzerland 9 June 2006 Case discontinued
135 Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay  Uruguay  Argentina 20 April 2010
136 Certain Questions of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters  Djibouti  France 4 June 2008
137 Maritime Dispute (Peru v. Chile)  Peru  Chile 27 January 2014
139 Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 31 March 2004 in the Case concerning Avena and Other Mexican Nationals  Mexico  United States 19 January 2009
140 Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination  Georgia  Russia
141 Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence In Respect of Kosovo United Nations UN General Assembly 22 July 2010
142 Application of the Interim Accord of 13 September 1995  Macedonia  Greece 5 December 2011
143 Jurisdictional Immunities of the State  Germany  Italy,  Greece 3 February 2012
144 Questions relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite  Belgium  Senegal 20 July 2012
145 Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters  Belgium   Switzerland 5 April 2011 Case discontinued
147 Certain questions concerning diplomatic relations  Honduras  Brazil 12 May 2010 Case discontinued
148 Whaling in the Antarctic  Australia,  New Zealand  Japan 31 March 2014 Judgment on Merits
149 Burkina Faso–Niger frontier dispute case  Burkina Faso  Niger 16 April 2013
156 Seizure of Certain Documents and Data  Timor-Leste  Australia In progress
157 Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean  Costa Rica  Nicaragua 25 February 2014 In progress
158 Proceedings instituted by the Marshall Islands against India  Marshall Islands  India 24 April 2014 In progress
159 Proceedings instituted by the Marshall Islands against Pakistan  Marshall Islands  Pakistan 24 April 2014[21] In progress
160 Proceedings instituted by the Marshall Islands against the United Kingdom  Marshall Islands  United Kingdom 24 April 2014[22] In progress

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. International Court of Justice Database, World Legal Information Institute, last updated: 22 August 2006. Most recent document: 3 February 2006 Number of documents: 130
  2. ^ Bimal N. Patel, Shabtai Rosenne. The World Court Reference Guide: Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the Permanent Court of international Justice and the International Court of Justice (1922–2000), Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2002, ISBN 90-411-1907-8
  3. ^ List of Advisory Proceedings referred to the Court since 1946 by date of introduction (sorted on the date of the Advisory Opinion and then General List No.)
  4. ^ Corfu Channel Case, Application. May 22, 1947.
  5. ^ Corfu Channel Case, Judgment. April 9, 1949.
  6. ^ Conditions of Admission. Note from the Secretary General of the United Nations to the Registrar, 24 November 1949.
  7. ^ "Conditions of Admission". Advisory Opinion
  8. ^ Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations, Request for Advisory Opinion. December 7, 1948.
  9. ^ Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations, Advisory Opinion. April 11, 1949.
  10. ^ Fisheries Case. Application. 28 September 1948
  11. ^ Fisheries Case. Judgment. 18 December 1951.
  12. ^ Protection of French Nationals. Application. 13 October 1949
  13. ^ Protection of French Nationals. Order of Discontinuance. 29 March 1950.
  14. ^ Asylum (Colombia/Peru). Application. October 15, 1949
  15. ^ Asylum Case. Judgment, November 20, 1950.
  16. ^ Note: this date is for the final opinion, for the "second phase". An opinion addressing the "first phase" was issued on 30 March 1950.
  17. ^ Rights of Nationals of the United States, Application. 28 October 1950.
  18. ^ Rights of Nationals of the United States, Judgment. 27 August 1952
  19. ^ Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., Application. May 26, 1951.
  20. ^ Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. Judgment on Preliminary Objections. July 22, 1952
  21. ^ Application. 24 April 2014
  22. ^ Application, 24 April 2014.

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