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Speech by H.E. Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice, to the 61st Session of the General Assembly, 26 October 2006

Rosalyn Higgins Dbe Qc

in Themes and Theories

Published in print August 2009 | ISBN: 9780198262350
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262350.003.0109
Speech by H.E. Judge Rosalyn Higgins, President of the International Court of Justice, to the 61st Session of the General Assembly, 26 October 2006

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Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on the International Court of Justice Report is a tradition which was initiated by Sir Robert Jennings during his presidency. There are currently 192 states which are parties to the Statute of the Court, sixty-seven of which have accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court in accordance with Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute. Furthermore, approximately 300 treaties refer to the Court in relation to the settlement of disputes arising from their application or interpretation. The subject matter of the cases before the Court is extremely varied. As is frequently the case, the Court’s docket contains a number of cases concerning territorial disputes between neighbouring states seeking a determination of their land and maritime boundaries, or a decision as to which of them has sovereignty over particular areas. The Court has noted in recent times the growing interest of states, reflected in its docket, in issues relating to human rights, international humanitarian law, and environmental law.

Keywords: United Nations; International Court of Justice; jurisdiction; territorial disputes; sovereignty; human rights; environmental law; international humanitarian law; treaties

Chapter.  4668 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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