Minquiers and Ecrehos case

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Minquiers and Ecrehos Case
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CourtInternational Court of Justice
Full case nameMinquiers and Ecrehos (France/United Kingdom)
DecidedNovember 17, 1953 (1953-11-17)

France v United Kingdom [1953] ICJ 3 (also called the Minquiers and Ecrehos Case) was an International Court of Justice case concerning sovereignty over seas.


The United Kingdom and France requested for the ICJ to determine the country that held sovereignty over the islets and rocks in the Minquiers and Ecrehos groups. France claimed sovereignty because it fished in the waters and it had historic sovereignty over the area from the 11th century's Duchy of Normandy. The United Kingdom claimed that Jersey had historically exercised legal and administrative jurisdiction over them.


Initially requested on 5 December 1951, the ICJ decided on 17 November 1953 that sovereignty over the islands belonged to the United Kingdom.[1]

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  • J.H.W.V. (21 May 2009). "A. G. Roche, The Minquiers and Ecrehos Case (An analysis of the decision of the International Court of Justice).Il Yung Chung, Legal Problems involved in the Corfu Channel Incident, beide uhgegeven in de serie Travaux de juridiction internationale, publiés sous la direction de M. le professeur P. Guggenheim (delen I en III). — Librairie Droz (Genève), Librairie Minard (Paris), resp. 200 en 287 blz". Netherlands International Law Review. 7 (02): 165. doi:10.1017/s0165070x00032587.

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