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    On 24 May 2024, the Court delivered its Order on the Request of South Africa of 10 May 2024 for the modification of the Order of 28 March 2024 in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel), reaffirming its previous provisional measures and indicating new measures.

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    On 23 May 2024, the Court delivered its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Mexico in the case concerning the Embassy of Mexico in Quito (Mexico v. Ecuador), finding that the circumstances do not require the exercise of its power to indicate provisional measures.

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    On Friday 24 May 2024, the Court will deliver its Order on the request for the modification and the indication of provisional measures submitted by South Africa on 10 May 2024 in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel). A public sitting will take place at 3 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Nawaf Salam, President of the Court, will read out the Court’s Order.

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    On Thursday 23 May 2024, the Court will deliver its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Mexico in the case concerning the Embassy of Mexico in Quito (Mexico v. Ecuador). A public sitting will take place at 3 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Nawaf Salam, President of the Court, will read out the Court’s Order.

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    The public hearings on the request filed by South Africa on 10 May 2024 for the indication of additional provisional measures and the modification of provisional measures previously prescribed by the Court in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel), which opened on 16 May 2024, concluded on 17 May 2024. The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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    HE Dr Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Ambassador of Qatar to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and HE Judge Nawaf Salam, President of the Court

    On 15 May 2024, the Court held a ceremony at its seat, the Peace Palace in The Hague, on the occasion of the presentation of a gift from the State of Qatar to the Court. HE Dr Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, Ambassador of Qatar to the Netherlands, presented a jalbut, a traditional sailing ship made of wood, to the Court on behalf of his country.

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    On 16 and 17 May 2024, the Court will hold public hearings on the request filed by South Africa on 10 May 2024 for the indication of additional provisional measures and the modification of provisional measures previously prescribed by the Court in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    On 10 May 2024, South Africa submitted an urgent request for the indication of additional provisional measures and the modification of previous provisional measures in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    On 10 May 2024, Libya filed a declaration of intervention under Article 63 of the Court’s Statute in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    ICJ Reports 2022

    The International Court of Justice announces the publication of the 2022 edition of its Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders.  The two volumes of this edition include, in a bilingual format, all the decisions rendered by the Court in 2022.

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    The Court has authorized the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, at its request, to participate in the advisory proceedings concerning the Right to Strike under ILO Convention No. 87.

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    The public hearings on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Mexico in the case concerning the Embassy of Mexico in Quito (Mexico v. Ecuador), which opened on 30 April 2024, concluded on 1 May 2024. The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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    On 30 April 2024, the Court delivered its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Nicaragua in the case concerning Alleged Breaches of Certain International Obligations in respect of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Nicaragua v. Germany).

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    On 29 April 2024, Ecuador instituted proceedings against Mexico before the Court with regard to a dispute relating to the alleged violation by Mexico of a series of obligations owed to Ecuador under international law, arising from Mexico’s conduct relative to Mr Jorge David Glas Espinel, the former Vice-President of Ecuador.

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    The public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by Armenia in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia), which opened on 22 April 2024, concluded on 26 April 2024. The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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    On Tuesday 30 April 2024, the Court will deliver its Order on the Request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Nicaragua in the case concerning Alleged Breaches of Certain International Obligations in respect of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Nicaragua v. Germany). A public sitting will take place at 3 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Nawaf Salam, President of the Court, will read the Court’s Order.

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    The public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by Azerbaijan in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan), which opened on 15 April 2024, concluded on 19 April 2024. The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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    On 30 April and 1 May 2024, the Court will hold public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by  Mexico in the proceedings it instituted against Ecuador on 11 April 2024.

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    Yearbook 2021-2022

    The International Court of Justice announces the publication of its Annuaire-Yearbook 2021-2022.  This volume, the seventy-sixth edition in the series, covers the period from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2022. Produced in a bilingual format, it provides information on the judicial activities, organization and jurisdiction of the Court, together with the procedure that it follows.

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    In the advisory proceedings on the Obligations of States in respect of Climate Change, 91 written statements have been filed in the Registry of the International Court of Justice, the highest number of written statements ever to have been filed in advisory proceedings before the Court.

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    On 11 April 2024, the United Mexican States instituted proceedings against the Republic of Ecuador before the Court with regard to a dispute relating to “legal questions concerning the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means and diplomatic relations, and the inviolability of a diplomatic mission” and requested the ICJ to indicate provisional measures.

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    By an Order dated 5 April 2024, the Court fixed 28 October 2024 and 28 July 2025 as the respective time-limits for the filing of the Memorial of the Republic of South Africa and the Counter-Memorial of the State of Israel in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    The Court authorized the United States of America, at its request, to participate in the advisory proceedings concerning the Right to Strike under ILO Convention No. 87.

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    On 8 and 9 April 2024, the Court held public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by Nicaragua in the case concerning Alleged Breaches of Certain International Obligations in respect of the Occupied Palestinian Territory (Nicaragua v. Germany). The Court’s decision will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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    On 5 April 2024, the Republic of Colombia filed a declaration of intervention under Article 63 of the Court’s Statute in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    By an Order dated 28 March 2024, the International Court of Justice indicated additional provisional measures in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    The International Court of Justice has authorized the World Health Organization, at its request, to participate in the advisory proceedings on the Obligations of States in respect of Climate Change.

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    The International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by the Republic of Armenia in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Azerbaijan v. Armenia) from Monday 22 to Friday 26 April 2024.

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    The International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on the preliminary objections raised by the Republic of Azerbaijan in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Armenia v. Azerbaijan) from Monday 15 to Friday 19 April 2024.

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    On Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April 2024, the International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by the Republic of Nicaragua in the proceedings it instituted against the Federal Republic of Germany on 1 March 2024.

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    ICJ holds hearings in the case South Africa v. Israel on 11 January 2024

    On 6 March 2024, the Republic of South Africa filed an urgent request for the indication of additional provisional measures and the modification of the Court’s Order of 26 January 2024 and decision of 16 February 2024 in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

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    The International Court of Justice has authorized the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO), at its request, to participate in the advisory proceedings on the Obligations of States in respect of Climate Change.

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    On 1 March 2024, the Republic of Nicaragua instituted proceedings against the Federal Republic of Germany before the Court concerning alleged violations by Germany of its obligations under the Genocide Convention, the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their Additional Protocols, “intransgressible principles of international humanitarian law” and other norms of general international law in relation to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, particularly the Gaza Strip, and requested the ICJ to indicate provisional measures.

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    The International Court of Justice has amended Articles 81, 92 and 86 of the Rules of Court relating to intervention. The amendments will enter into force on 1 June 2024.

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    The public hearings on the request for an advisory opinion in respect of the Legal Consequences arising from the Policies and Practices of Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, which opened on 19 February 2024, concluded on 26 February 2024. The Court will now begin its deliberation. The advisory opinion will be delivered at a public sitting, the date of which will be announced in due course.

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