CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 1994

ICJ Proposes North Sea Case Solution: Ignore Pre-Written Laws

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By Emma Langas, The Chronicle

In a recent meeting regarding the case of the North Sea Continental Shelf, the International Court of Justice has proposed the best solution is to ignore continental shelf laws.

The ICJ believes that the Geneva Laws, the laws originally placed to create peace between countries bordering continental shelves, should not be applicable to the North Sea Case. “[The ICJ] agrees that the laws should continue, but they should not apply in this specific case, because Germany hasn’t ratified [the law].” A justice representing Jamaica remarked. The ICJ hopes to excuse this as praeter legem, an action that is not illegal because it is not directly against the law.

In terms of possible solutions to replace the laws outlined in the Geneva Laws, the ICJ is still undecided on the matter. “ [The ICJ] is implementing peace talks and trying to find an equitable law,” the representative from Jamaica said. Although the exact equitable law is not known, a witness is currently being called to attempt to find an all-encompassing solution.  As there is a limit to the number of witnesses called and the witnesses can be vague in their responses, the Justices of the ICJ chose to have a verbal testimony from the witness. If the witness's sentiments are unclear, they will instead request a written testimony to understand the ideals of the witness better. Until the witness arrives, no permanent solution will be made on the case.

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