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Dispute Regarding Navigational and Related Rights, Costa Rica v Nicaragua, Judgment on the merits, ICGJ 421 (ICJ 2009), 13th July 2009, International Court of Justice [ICJ]



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What the legal basis was of Costa Rica’s right of free navigation on the relevant section of the San Juan river, what the precise extent of that right was and how the word “commerce” should be interpreted.

What the conditions of navigation by Costa Rican nationals and inhabitants of the Costa Rican bank of the San Juan River were.

To what extent Nicaragua had the power to regulate navigation on the relevant section of the river, to what extent customary rights had been established in this context, and the legality of specific measures it had taken.

Keywords: Coastal states; Customary international law; Fisheries; Innocent passage; International watercourses; Ships / Vessels; Treaties, application; Treaties, breach; Treaties, interpretation

Legal Material.  36633 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Responsibility ; Statehood, Jurisdiction of States, Organs of States ; Territory ; Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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