19 May 1971
I hereby declare that the Republic of Austria recognizes as compulsory ipso facto and without special agreement, in relation to any other State which accepts or has accepted the same obligation, the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in all legal disputes referred to in paragraph 2 of Article 36 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice.
This Declaration does not apply to any dispute in respect of which the parties thereto have agreed or shall agree to have recourse to other means of peaceful settlement for its final and binding decision.
This Declaration shall remain in force for a period of five years and thereafter until it will be terminated or modified by a written declaration.
Done at Vienna on 28 April 1971.
(Signed) Franz JONAS,
The Federal President.
In witness whereof the present declaration has been countersigned by the Federal Chancellor and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the national seal of the Republic of Austria has been affixed thereto.
(Signed) Bruno KREISKY,
The Federal Chancellor.
(Signed) Rudolf KIRCHSCHLAEGER,
The Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs.