n African Renaissance - "The smouldering conflict over the Bakassi Peninsula : Is sustainable peace in sight?", Kenneth Omeje - : discussion

Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the United Nations organ that is concerned with the promotion of justice in the world especially as it relates to inter-state disputes and contentious litigation between UN member states. Delimitation disputes - whether of zones or international borders, both maritime and territorial - take up the largest amount of the Netherlands-based court's preoccupations. Since its establishment in its contemporary form in 1947, the World Court, as it is otherwise known, has looked into frontier disputes that have arisen between countries from almost all continents. The dispute over the Minquiers and Ecrehos Islands between France and Great Britain (1953), the frontier dispute between Belgium and the Netherlands (1959), the 1985 Continental Shelf Judgement between Libya and Malta, as well as the border litigation between Mali and Burkina Faso (1986) are just some examples. Sadly however, perhaps owing to the lack of enforcement mechanisms of the decisions of the Court, less than half of its judgements have been accepted and/or implemented by those they fell in their disadvantage.

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