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This symposium addresses the ICJ’s representativeness and its appeal in the world, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Court’s decision on the merits of the South West Africa cases.

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Date 30 November 2016
Time 14:00 - 18:00

The ICJ’s 1966 decision on the merits of the South West Africa cases was widely perceived as a plain disaster. It cast the Court into a deep crisis and alienated newly independent states further from the Court. It all but destroyed the wavering trust that they had placed in the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. A judgment of such magnitude warrants renewed attention on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. In particular, it invites inquiries into the Court’s representativeness and its appeal in the world. The present symposium reminds of the South West Africa cases and asks about the Court’s past and present capacity to induce trust. More specifically, it explores questions of the Court’s representativeness and of its responsiveness to the aspirations of different parts of the world. 

This event is organized by the T.M.C. Asser Institute in cooperation with the ACIL.

More information is available on the website of the T.M.C. Asser Institute.

T.M.C. Asser Institute

Flyer (pdf, 1 p.)