World Court turns down nuclear arms case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Oct. 5 refused (PDF)┬áto hear a claim by the Marshall Islands┬áthat the UK, India and Pakistan have failed to halt the nuclear arms race,┬áfinding┬áthat it does┬ánot have jurisdiction over the matter. The Marshall Islands was the site for numerous nuclear tests┬ácarried out by the US during the Cold War arms race, and claims that such experience allows it to testify on the danger of a nuclear arms race. The nation┬áaccused┬ánine countries of not complying with the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty (PDF). However, the ICJ can only consider the cases for Britain, India and Pakistan, as China, France, Israel, North Korea, Russia and the US have not recognized the court’s jurisdiction. The Marshall Islands claims that these countries have breached their obligations under the treaty, which commits all states with nuclear capabilities “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament.”

From Jurist, Oct. 5. Used with permission.