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The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2017$
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Giuliana Ziccardi Capaldo

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190923846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190923846.001.0001

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Introductory Note

Introductory Note

The International Court of Justice in 2016

(p.309) I.1 Introductory Note
The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence 2017

John G. Merrills

Oxford University Press

In 2016 the ICJ gave five judgments and made two significant orders. All five judgments concerned various issues of jurisdiction, while the orders concerned respectively the appointment of experts and provisional measures of protection. Three new cases were begun in 2016. These related to the status and use of a river, the alleged immunity of a minister and the legal status of an embassy building, and the alleged violation of a treaty between Iran and the United States. The Court was also able to hold public hearings on the preliminary objections in one case with a view to giving judgment in 2017. The Court's record in 2016 underlines the importance of jurisdictional issues in its work and shows that states continue to value its assistance in resolving their disputes peacefully.

Keywords:   International Court of Justice, ICJ, decisions and orders, docket, ICJ jurisdiction, meaning of “dispute” provisional measures of protection

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