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Case Concerning Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay, Argentina v Uruguay, Judgment on the merits, ICGJ 425 (ICJ 2010), 20th April 2010, International Court of Justice [ICJ]



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Whether Uruguay, by failing to notify the Administrative Commission of the River Uruguay and Argentina of the planned works on the pulp mills before authorizing them and by starting construction before the end of the negotiation period, had breached its procedural obligations under the 1975 Statute of the River Uruguay (‘Statute’).

Whether Uruguay, and in particular its environmental impact assessment, complied with the substantive obligations of the same Statute.

Whether Argentina was entitled to reparation as a result of Uruguay’s breach of its procedural obligations under the Statute.

Keywords: Biodiversity; Due diligence; Evidence; Fact-finding and inquiry; Good faith; International watercourses; Lex specialis; Marine environment, protection; Negotiations and consultation; Pollution; Precautionary principle; Reparation; Satisfaction; Treaties, interpretation; Treaties, observance

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Subjects: International Co-operation ; International Responsibility ; Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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