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Nicaragua Before the International Court of Justice

Impacts on International Law

  • Edgardo Sobenes Obregon
  • Benjamin Samson


  • Written by leading practitioners and academics

  • Provides valuable resource for practitioners, academics, diplomats and students in the field

  • Deals with contemporary issues of law, such as maritime delimitation beyond 200 nm


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mohammed Bedjaoui
      Pages 3-14
    3. Alain Pellet
      Pages 15-39
  3. Evidentiary Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
  4. The Nicaraguan Sagas Before the International Court of Justice (Overviews)

  5. Jurisdictional Issues in the Nicaraguan Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
  6. Substantive Issues in the Nicaraguan Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Anna Ventouratou
      Pages 215-245
    3. Malgosia Fitzmaurice
      Pages 247-267
    4. Benjamin Samson, Tessa Barsac
      Pages 281-303
    5. William Schabas
      Pages 305-325

About this book


This book analyses Nicaragua's role in the development of international law, through its participation in cases that have come before the International Court of Justice. Nicaragua has appeared before the ICJ in fourteen cases, either as an applicant, respondent or intervening State, thus setting an important example of committment to the peaceful judicial settlement of disputes. The “Nicaraguan” cases have enabled the ICJ to take positions on and clarify a whole range of important procedural, jurisdictional and substantive legal issues, which have inspired the jurisprudence of international and regional courts and tribunals and influenced the development of international law. 
The book focuses on reviewing Nicaragua's cases before the ICJ, using a thematic approach to identify their impact on international law. Each chapter includes a discussion of the relevant cases on a particular theme and their impact over time on general as well as specific branches of international law, notably through their use as precedent by other international and regional courts and tribunals.


Dispute settlement International law Law of the sea Customary law State responsibility International Court of Justice ICJ Nicaragua case

Editors and affiliations

  • Edgardo Sobenes Obregon
    • 1
  • Benjamin Samson
    • 2
  1. 1.Embassy of Nicaragua in The HagueDen HaagThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University Paris NanterreParisFrance

About the editors

​Edgardo Sobenes Obregon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua
Benjamin Samson, University of Paris Nanterre

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