Disinfo: International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction over war in the Donbas and the annexation of the Crimea


The annexation of the Crimea and the start of the Russian war in Donbas cannot be considered acts of terrorism against Ukraine.  Kyiv has no right to file a lawsuit against Russia, and the International Court of Justice does not have jurisdiction to consider such a case.


The lawsuit referred to was filed by then President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in early 2017. Ukraine accuses Russia of financing terrorism and violating the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism: Kyiv intends to call the Russian side to account for the war in the Donbas and the occupation of the Crimea. The hearings, which took place in The Hague from 3-7 June, should determine whether the court has the authority to hear the case.

It’s too early to say that the UN International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction to consider a number of cases related to Russia's aggression - it may take about half a year to do so.  Earlier, the tribunal already met part of the requirements of Ukraine to Russia under one of the conventions - on the prohibition of racial discrimination.  In 2017, the court issued a temporary decision, according to which Russia must stop the persecution of the Crimean Tatars, to allow the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people and to ensure accessibility of education in the Ukrainian language in the annexed Crimea.  Russia ignored these requirements.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine
  • Keywords: ICJ, War crimes


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