The Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice
The fact that a State purports to “reserve its rights” in respect of a future decision of the Court, after the Court has determined that it has jurisdiction, is clearly of no effect on the validity of that decision. Under Article 36, paragraph 6, of its Statute, the Court has jurisdiction to determine any dispute as to its own jurisdiction, and its judgment on that matter, as on the merits, is final and binding on the parties under Articles 59 and 60 of the Statute (cf Corfu Channel, Judgment of 15 December 1949, LCJ. Reports 1949, p. 248).
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