17 Oct 2016

Rethink urged in Marshalls' battle against nuclear powers

From , 6:03 am on 17 October 2016

A senior researcher at a Dutch think tank says it's disappointing for the Republic of Marshall Islands that their case against three nuclear powers has been thrown out so early by the International Court of Justice.

The RMI argued India, Pakistan and the UK had failed to honour the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

On the 5th of October, the ICJ ruled there was an absence of dispute between the parties and upheld the 'objection to jurisdiction' raised by each of the nuclear powers.

The UN's highest court found in each instance it could not proceed to the merits of the case.

It is the first time a case did not meet the threshold for being considered.

There are no grounds for appeal.

The Hague Institute for Global Justice's Dr Joris Larik told Dominic Godfrey that if the Marshalls want to have another go at an ICJ judgement, they'll have to come up with more specifically targeted legal arguments.

Dr Joris Larik

Dr Joris Larik Photo: The Hague Institute for Global Justice