One Case Removed and Once Case Added to the ICJ’s List

accueil_02One of the Court’s environmental cases was removed from the list today at the request of the Applicant, the Republic of Ecuador – Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia). It appears that Ecuador and Columbia recently reached an agreement to settle the case.  According the the Court, the agreement provides an:

exclusion zone, in which Colombia will not conduct aerial spraying operations, creates a Joint Commission to ensure that spraying operations outside that zone have not caused herbicides to drift into Ecuador and, so long as they have not, provides a mechanism for the gradual reduction in the width of the said zone; according to the letters, the Agreement sets out operational parameters for Colombia’s spraying programme, records the agreement of the two Governments to ongoing exchanges of information in that regard, and establishes a dispute settlement mechanism.


As this case was dismissed, the Court gained another maritime delimitation case with Nicaragua instituting proceedings against Colombia asking the Court to “definitively determine the question of the delimitation of the continental shelf between Nicaragua and Colombia in the area beyond 200 nautical miles from the Nicaraguan coast.”


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