22 Jun, 2011

June 1986 marked the International Court of Justice’s landmark ruling in the Case concerning Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Republic of Nicaragua v. the United States of America), a decision which has had a lasting impact on International legal issues, and the role of the Court itself.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of this historic judgment regarding the illegal use of force in international relations, leading public international law firm Foley Hoag LLP, in association with the Grotius Centre of the Leiden University School of Law and the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London’s Institute of Global Law, is hosting a major seminar in The Hague on 27 June 2011.  Bringing together current and former ICJ judges, prominent academics and practitioners, plus original legal team members (representing Nicaragua and the US), this stimulating session will discuss the ruling’s ongoing influence including  its impact on attribution, state responsibility and jurisdiction; use of force and intervention plus how the case is affecting the Court and its role.

Foley Hoag’s Senior Partner Paul Reichler, Counsel and Advocate for Nicaragua in this historic case, will be an important voice at the seminar.  “A lawyer with some 25 years representing  Sovereign States in disputes with other States, and with foreign investors,  Reichler belongs to a select group of elite lawyers who litigate on behalf of Sovereign States before the International Court of Justice in The Hague and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea in Hamburg” (Chambers Global 2010). He has also served as Consultant to various international organisations, including the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank and the former United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations.

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