Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

ICJ rules on Kosovo

Still trying to get details but it seems that the International Court of Justice has, very sensibly, ruled that Kosovo's declaration of independence in February 2008 did not violate either general international law, or, more specifically, UN Security Council Resolution 1244. (The court's own website is down, but I've been folowing through Twitter where the updates are usually ahead of the news websites.)

I'm glad and surprised. I had expected a much less clear-cut ruling, the court possibly even refusing to give a judgement (and probably doing so at great length), in order to play it safe. And of course just havinog an ICJ advisory ruling in your back pocket may not actually help - Morocco is still in the Western Sahara, the wall still snakes across the West Bank. But it certainly does no harm.

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