Wednesday, May 10, 2017

India v. Pakistan

It has been widely reported that the International Court of Justice has issued an order for provisional measures in India's case against Pakistan. There is no such order on the court's website. Nor has the court made India's complaint available to the public. The delay in doing so seems ridiculous in this day and age. As for the reports of provisional measures, as they say in Missouri, "show me." Fake news, or just a lack of transparency?


  1. No. 2017/17
    10 May 2017
    Proceedings instituted by the Republic of India against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
    Urgent Communication to Pakistan from the President
    under Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court
    THE HAGUE, 10 May 2017. Acting in accordance with the powers conferred upon him by
    Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court, Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the
    International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, addressed
    yesterday an urgent communication to the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, with
    a copy to the Government of the Republic of India, in the proceedings instituted by India against
    Pakistan, on 8 May 2017 (see Press Release No. 2017/16).
    Article 74, paragraph 4, of the Rules of Court stipulates that “[p]ending the meeting of the
    Court, the President may call upon the parties to act in such a way as will enable any order the
    Court may make on the request for provisional measures to have its appropriate effects.”

  2. I'm glad to have this. It's now on the ICJ's website -- but note that it doesn't give the actual text of Judge Abraham's urgent communication. Why not just post the Indian application and Judge Abraham's communication. It's not that hard!


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