Corfu Channel Case

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The Corfu Channel Case
Tribunal Internacional de Justicia - International Court of Justice.svg
Court International Court of Justice
Full case name The Corfu Channel Case (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. People's Republic of Albania)
Decided April 9, 1949 (1949-04-09)
Case opinions

Separate Opinion: Alejandro Álvarez
Dissenting Opinion: Bohdan Winiarski
Dissenting Opinion: Abdul Badawi Pasha
Dissenting Opinion: Sergei Krylov
Dissenting Opinion: Philadelpho Azevedo
Dissenting Opinion: B Ečer (ad hoc)

Separate Opinion: Ni Zhengyu
Court membership
Judges sitting José Gustavo Guerrero (Acting President)
Jules Basdevant (President)
Alejandro Álvarez
Isidro Fabela
Green Hackworth
Bohdan Winiarski
Milovan Zoričić
Charles de Visscher
Sir Arnold McNair
Helge Klæstad
Abdel Badawi Pasha
Sergei Krylov
John Reed
Hsu Mo
Philadelpho Azevedo
B Ečer (ad hoc)

The Corfu Channel Case (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland v. People's Republic of Albania) was a case brought against Albania by the UK, suing for compensation after, on 22 October 1946, two British destroyers hit sea-mines in Albanian waters at the straits of Corfu, damaging them and killing naval personnel during the Corfu Channel Incident.

The International Court of Justice ordered Albania to pay the UK £843,947 in compensation. This is equivalent to £25.2 million in present-day terms.[1]

This was the first case brought before the ICJ.[2]

Decision[edit]

The Corfu Channel case established that states must meet a preponderance of the evidence standard to prevail before the ICJ.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ UK CPI inflation numbers based on data available from Gregory Clark (2013), "What Were the British Earnings and Prices Then? (New Series)" MeasuringWorth.
  2. ^ Nations Encyclopedia Disputes Relating to the Law of the Sea Quote: "The Corfu Channel Case (UK v. Albania), the first case decided by the court"

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