Alleged Violations of the Duty to Ensure Respect for IHL and the Monetary Gold Principle

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1. Introduction

This post explores the nature of the duty to ensure respect for international humanitarian law (IHL) embodied in Common Article 1 of the Four Geneva Conventions and in other IHL provisions. The duty imposes positive and negative obligations upon States in relation to other States’ conduct that violates or poses a serious risk of violating IHL. The post focuses on negative obligations under this duty, which was recently invoked by Nicaragua before the ICJ in its application against Germany (e.g., paras 12, 17, 31, 88), in which Nicaragua alleged that Germany had violated international law through its support of Israel in the pending escalation in the Gaza Strip. It is argued here that nothing in the duty to ensure respect for IHL prevents a competent court from adjudicating the responsibility of a Respondent State independently of whether the Third State that is violating or is at serious risk of violating IHL consented to the jurisdiction.

The analysis proceeds as follows: first, the post provides a brief overview of the duty to ensure respect for IHL in relation to the conduct of Third States. The post goes on to make a distinction between negative and positive obligations under this duty, and to identify the moment when negative obligations are triggered for the Respondent State. Finally, the post argues that the ascertainment of the responsibility of the Respondent State before a competent court is not precluded under the Monetary Gold Principle by the lack of consent of the Third State.

For practical reasons and even outside a judicial context, the State bound by the duty to ensure respect is identified here as ‘Respondent State’, whereas the State that is violating or is it at a serious risk of violating IHL is identified as ‘Third State’.

2. The Duty to Ensure Respect for IHL in a Nutshell: The External Dimension

It is well-established that Common Article 1 to the 1949 Geneva Conventions and Article 1(1) of the 1977 First Additional Protocol, according to which states ‘undertake to respect and to ensure respect for’ IHL ‘in all circumstances’ embody two distinct obligations: the duty to respect and the duty to ensure respect for IHL.

The duty to ‘ensure respect’ covers conduct that is not attributable to the State under the law of international responsibility. According to the ITLOS, ‘[t]he expression “to ensure” is often used in international legal instruments to refer to obligations in respect of which, while it is not considered reasonable to make a state liable for each and every violation committed by persons under its jurisdiction, it is equally not considered satisfactory to rely on mere application of the principle that the conduct of private persons or entities is not attributable to the state’ (para 112).

This duty applies to the negative and positive measures that the Respondent State must undertake in relation to the conduct of individuals who are not members of its armed forces (Sassòli, 412; Koivurova, para 32; Kolb, 517), including members of armed groups without affiliation to the State (Fleck, 187-188; ILA, First Report Due Diligence, 13-14). This is called internal dimension.

More contentious is whether the duty to ensure respect embodies an external dimension, that is, whether it imposes obligations upon the Respondent States in relation to the conduct of Third States. The ICRC has advocated for such an external dimension in multiple works, including the ICRC Customary IHL Study and by the Commentaries (ICRC Commentary 1958, 25; ICRC Commentary 2016, paras 153-157). This external dimension has been recognised by the ICJ in 2004 (Wall Advisory Opinion, para. 158), and by the UNGA in several occasions (e.g. Res. 43/21, 3 November 1988, para 5; Res. ES-10/14, 02 August 2004, para. 7). Most scholars agree on the existence of such an external dimension (e.g., Condorelli & Boisson De Chazournes; Dörmann & Serralvo; Geiβ; Breslin; Vöneky; Zwanenburg; contra, e.g., Focarelli; Schmitt & Watts). On the other hand, state practice is fragmented with some States in favour (e.g., Switzerland and Sweden), others again it (e.g. USA and Canada) (see Rule 144, ICRC Customary IHL Study, practice for more detail).

According to the prevalent view, and although there is a certain debate about positive obligations (Milanovic, 1324-1325), the duty to ensure respect for IHL imposes both negative and positive obligations (Geiβ, 118). This is supported by Rule 144 of the ICRC Customary IHL Study, according to which ‘States may not encourage violations of [IHL] by parties to an armed conflict. They must exert their influence, to the degree possible, to stop violations of international humanitarian law.’ In relation to negative obligations, the ICRC Commentary 2016 affirms that States ‘have certain negative obligations, which means they must abstain from certain conduct. In particular, they may neither encourage, nor aid or assist in violations of the Conventions’ (para 158). The following sections discuss when violations of negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect arise and how they should be addressed before a competent court.

3. The Conditions that Trigger the Duty to Arise

When does negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect arise? In 1986, the ICJ considered that the USA violated negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect by encouraging the violation of IHL through the dissemination to the contras of a manual with instructions incompatible with IHL (1986 Nicaragua v. USA, paras 254-256). In these circumstances, the Court noted that:

‘[w]hen considering whether the publication of such a manual, encouraging the commission of acts contrary to general principles of humanitarian law, is unlawful, it is material to consider whether that encouragement was offered to persons in circumstances where the commission of such acts was likely or foreseeable’ (para 256, emphases added). The Court has employed the notion of ‘aware[ness] of, at the least, allegations that the behaviour of the contras in the field was not consistent with humanitarian law’ (ibid.).

Notwithstanding some disagreement (see the discussion in Milanovic, 1328), this test looks correct and it is likely the test that will be used in future cases by the ICJ.

Similarly, in relation to the provision spare parts for F-35 jet fighters to Israel, the Appeals Court of the Hague affirmed in January 2024 that the duty to ensure respect for IHL arises when a state is aware that another state is committing serious violations of IHL (para. 3.12, author’s translation) or when there is a clear risk that this might be the case (para 5.16-5.18). The existence of the awareness of such a serious risk is a factual circumstance than can be assessed objectively. In other words, it is the circumstance that triggers the application of the duty to ensure respect for IHL in its negative component (obligations to abstain).

Some support to this conclusion can be found in the Arms Trade Treaty. Whereas its Article 6 prohibits the transfer of weapons if a State ‘has knowledge at the time of authorization that the arms or items would be used in the commission of’ international crimes, its Article 7 dictates that in situations in which a transfer is not prohibited, a State shall ‘assess the potential’ that, if transferred, the arms “could be used” to commit or facilitate serious violations of IHL; if, after making this assessment and adopting any available mitigating measures, the State determines there is an “overriding risk” of such consequences occurring, the export of weapons cannot be authorised (see the discussion in Milanovic, 1329). Although one should refrain from automatically considering the standard of the Arms Trade Treaty to be applicable to the duty to ensure respect, it should be noted that the evolution of IHL, which takes into account the aim of preventing the commission of IHL violations, suggest that the notion of overriding risk could be relevant for the duty to ensure respect as well (Milanovic, 1330-1331). Taking into account the position of the ICJ, the of the Appeals of The Hague, and the rules embodied in the Arms Trade Treaty, it is possible to conclude that the awareness of the existence of risk (usually qualified as serious) is enough to trigger the application of the duty to ensure respect.

Support of this position can be found the views of those who consider that the knowledge of past violations as a sufficient trigger for the duty to ensure respect. E.g., Sassòli argued about the role of the duty to ensure respect in arms transfer: ‘In my view, a transferring State’s knowledge that the receiving party has systematically committed violations in the past is sufficient unless particular reasons indicate that the violations have stopped’ (529). The view was also adopted by a fact finding mission dispatched by the UN Human Rights Council, according to which ‘[t]he obligation to ensure respect under international humanitarian law requires that States refrain from transferring weapons “if there is an expectation, based on facts or knowledge of past patterns, that such weapons would be used to violate international humanitarian law.”’ (A/HRC/45/CRP.7, 29 September 2020, para 413). It looks like the reference to past violation is employed here as evidence of a serious risk of further violations.

A slightly different view is adopted by the ICRC Commentary 2016, which makes a distinction between the requirements for complicity – established under the law of international responsibility – and the standard imposed by the duty to ensure respect. According to the Commentary, ‘States are responsible for knowingly aiding or assisting another State in the commission of an internationally wrongful act’ but ‘[t]he subjective element of ‘intent’ is unnecessary’ (para 159, emphases added). Overall, the impression is that the knowledge that a certain conduct may assist the Third State in the commission of IHL violations is enough to trigger the duty to abstain.

However, a knowledge-based test test might be too strict: the duty to ensure respect aims at advancing the protection offered by IHL. In this, it is humanitarian in character. Accordingly, from the elements available, although the matter cannot be considered to be conclusively set, it is more persuasive the view based on the ICJ’s precedent and other aforementioned elements of state practice that awareness of a serious risk is the relevant test (see Hathaway et als).

4. The Conditions for a Violations to Occur

In relation to the negative obligations, it must be noted that they are obligations of result. As emphasised by significant literature (e.g., Combacau; Dupuy; Economides; D’Argent), in international law today there is a clear distinction between ‘obligations of means or conduct’ and ‘obligations of result’. In international law, an ‘obligation of result is an obligation to “succeed”’ (Pisillo Mazzeschi, 48).

In the case of negative obligations, a Respondent State complies with them only as soon as it demonstrates that the event that was prohibited did not occur. Accordingly, a Respondent State violates negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect for IHL as soon as it does not refrain from encouraging, aiding or assisting the Third State that violates IHL or about which there is a serious risk of violating IHL (Milanovic, 1325). The violation of the duty to ensure respect is independent from the conduct of the Third State. This situation falls into the realm of Article 14(1) of the ILC’s Articles on State Responsibility, according to which ‘[t]he breach of an international obligation by an act of a State not having a continuing character occurs at the moment when the act is performed, even if its effects continue.’

In the case at hand, the act of the State that breaches the duty is the lack of abstention. Accordingly, to borrow a terminology often used in domestic law, this is an inchoate duty (Milanovic, 1329), i.e., a duty whose violation is independent from the fact that the Third State has in fact violated IHL (contra, Milanovic, 1334-1338, who frames the analysis through the lenses of complicity). Since these negative duties are triggered by the existence of a serious risk, awareness of the risk is the crucial point that determines the violation, rather than the fact that the risk results in a violation of IHL by the Third State. In other words, the duty to ensure respect anticipates the intervention of international law to the moment in which the awareness of a serious risk materialises, rather than to the time in which a violation in fact occurs: considering that the serious risk only exposes the Respondent State to future legal challenges (as suggested by Milanovic, 1338) runs against the objective of anticipating the protection of the fundamental rules protected by IHL. For this reason, whether the Third State has violated IHL should be considered irrelevant for the assessment of compliance with the duty to ensure respect by the Respondent State.

5. Irrelevance of the Participation of the Third State in Proceedings on the Violation of the Duty to Ensure Respect

This final section suggests that if a State is brought before a competent international court with the allegation of having violated negatives obligations under the duty to ensure respect for IHL in its external dimension, the Third State that allegedly violated IHL or is at serious risk of violating IHL is not an indispensable party. The assessment of the violation of the duty to ensure respect for IHL should only require the consent of the Respondent State that allegedly violated this rule.

The so-call Monetary Gold Principle dictates that a Court is precluded from exercising its jurisdiction ‘where to do so would require adjudication of the legal interests of a third state that is not a party to the case and has not given consent to the Court’ (Akande, 140). This a controversial doctrine that, according to some authors, should be abandoned by the ICJ (e.g. Mollengarden & Zamir). Its name comes from the case 1954 Case of the Monetary Gold Removed from Rome in 1943 (Preliminary Question) (32, emphases added) where the ICJ affirmed that:

The first Submission in the Application centres around a claim by Italy against Albania, a claim to indemnification for an alleged wrong. Italy believes that she possesses a right against Albania for the redress of an international wrong which, according to Italy, Albania has committed against her. In order, therefore, to determine whether Italy is entitled to receive the gold, it is necessary to determine whether Albania has committed any international wrong against Italy, and whether she is under an obligation to pay compensation to her … In the determination of these questions – questions which relate to the lawful or unlawful character of certain actions of Albania vis-à-vis Italy – only two States, Italy and Albania, are directly interested. To go into the merits of such questions would be to decide a dispute between Italy and Albania.

The principle was reaffirmed in the 1995 East Timor (Portugal v. Australia) case (para 34, emphases added):

the effects of the judgment requested by Portugal would amount to a determination that Indonesia’s entry into and continued presence in East Timor are unlawful and that, as a consequence, it does not have the treaty-making power in matters relating to the continental shelf resources of East Timor. Indonesia’s rights and obligations would thus constitute the very subject-matter of such a judgment made in the absence of that State’s consent. Such a judgment would run directly counter [to the principle].

It seems that the Monetary Gold Principle as described above does not play any role in relation to the duty to ensure respect for IHL. In relation to negative obligations, ‘the very subject-matter’ of the case would be whether the Respondent State has abstained from encouraging, aiding, or assisting the Third State that is violating or is at serious risk of violating IHL. The emphasis would be on whether the Respondent State is aware of this factual situation. There would be no need to adjudicate whether the Third State violated IHL, but it would be enough to demonstrate that the Respondent State was aware of a serious risk. In other words, if the accidental ascertainment of whether the Third State has violated IHL is not necessary to assess compliance with the Respondent State’s duty to ensure respect, then the Monetary Gold Principle does not bar the exercise of a court’s jurisdiction.

Support for this conclusion can be found in the 1984 Nicaragua v. USA decision, where the US argued that the Monetary Gold Principle was triggered by the fact that ‘Nicaragua’s claims are inextricably linked to the rights and interests of […] other States’ (para. 87). In response, the ICJ affirmed that States that ‘[t]here is no trace, either in the Statute or in the practice of international tribunals, of an “indispensable parties” rule of the kind argued for by the United States, which would only be conceivable in parallel to a power, which the Court does not possess, to direct that a third State be made a party to proceedings’ (para. 88). Similarly, in the Certain Phosphate Lands in Nauru decision, the Court rejected the applicability of the Monetary Gold Principle because ‘[i]n the present case, the interests of New Zealand and the United Kingdom do not constitute the very subject-matter of the judgment to be rendered on the merits’ (para 55, emphasis added).

In other words, ‘the Monetary Gold principle only precludes the Court from deciding a case on the merits if a third State’s legal interests are engaged by a necessary incidental question of the case between the actual parties’ (Thienel, 327, emphasis added). Accordingly:

‘for the Monetary Gold rule to apply, the legal interest of a State not a party to the proceedings should not only be affected by the decision, but should form the very subject-matter of the decision’ (Xue, 98; also Ajibola, 95; Orakhelashvili, 382;  Merrils & De Brandabere 203).

This would not be the case if the analysis above on negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect is correct.

It is possible to envisage that a competent court would require the Third State to be a party in order to ascertain whether there is a serious risk of a violation. However, this does not seem a legal requirement under the narrow construction of the Monetary Gold Principle provided by the ICJ: rather, this looks like one of the cases in which an interested State might offer its view through intervention. There is a difference between assessing the responsibility of State X for the violation of IHL (the Third State would be an indispensable party) and burdening the Applicant State with the task to demonstrate that the Respondent State was aware of the existence of a serious risk (without entering the debate on whether a violation occurred).

The issue at hand looks more a matter of evidence before of the court of the existence of a serious risk and the awareness of that by the Respondent Stare, rather than an incidental ascertainment of the responsibility of the Third State. It is not a chance that fact-finding missions, which notoriously are not courts and struggle to engage in dialogue with all the interested parties, consider themselves to be entitled to ascertain violations of IHL in order to make States aware of their duty to ensure respect. For instance, a fact-find mission recently created by the OSCE affirmed that:

‘[t]he impartial, independent and reliable establishment of facts by a neutral, legitimate body greatly contributes to ensuring better respect of IHL and IHRL. […] Such fact-finding also provides third States with reliable information on the situation, allowing them to make appropriate decisions in light of their aforementioned obligations to ensure respect of IHL’ (Moscow Mechanism Report, 12 April 2022, 89).

Another fact-finding mission noted that ‘[w]ith the number of public reports establishing serious violations of international humanitarian law, no State can claim not to be aware of such violations being perpetrated in Yemen (A/HRC/45/CRP.7, 29 September 2020, para 413). Overall, the usual rules on burden of proof and evidence before the ICJ, which cannot be discussed here, would more likely govern the issue at hand rather than the Monetary Gold Principle.

6. Conclusions

This author does not know what the future of the case launched by Nicaragua against Germany will be, nor does this post focus on it. The post aimed at demonstrating that, if there is a competent court to hear an allegation of the violation of the duty to ensure respect for IHL in its external dimension, the Respondent State should not be able to claim successfully that the lack of consent to jurisdiction by the Third State is a bar to the exercise of the court’s jurisdiction. Indeed, it is possible to argue that negative obligations under the duty to ensure respect for IHL are independent from the conduct of the Third State, and their ascertainment before a competent court does not require a decision on the legality of the Third State’s conduct. 

* Many thanks to Federica Violi for some exchanges on this topic.

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Adil Haque says

March 11, 2024

Hi Marco,

Terrific post. I worry that the Court will ultimately find that the duty to ensure respect arises when there is a serious risk that a Third State will violate IHL, but the duty is only breached when such violations occur. On this view, to find that the Respondent State breached its duty to ensure respect, the Court would have to find that the Third State violated IHL.

As an aside, I wonder whether the Monetary Gold principle applies at the provisional measures stage. I understand the MG principle to bear on admissibility, not jurisdiction, so arguably the Court should not apply it until the preliminary objections stage. Do let me know if you have thoughts on this.

Warm wishes,

Adil

Nicolas Boeglin says

March 11, 2024

Dear Professor Longobardo

Many thanks for this extremely interesting post.

Taking into consideration that Nicaragua in February warned not only Germany but other States (UK, The Netherlands, Canada and Germany) - see the letter sent available here at the very end - in Spanish -

https://www.el19digital.com/articulos/ver/titulo:148879-gobierno-de-nicaragua-impedir-y-detener-el-genocidio-en-palestina

I would like to have your opinion on why Nicaragua choose to charge first Germany at ICJ: any substantial difference in arms trade with israel comparing it to the others States mentionned?

May I just add that in its application, Nicaragua doesnt mention Arms Trade Treaty of 2013. I suppose that it has to do with the fact that Nicaragua is not State party to this convention, been a State that has not even sign it.

Status of AAT signatures and ratifications:

https://treaties.un.org/pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=XXVI-8&chapter=26&clang=_en

Among others States that have not ratified AAT, we found - as usual - Israel and United States.

Yours sincerely

Nicolas Boeglin

Ali Bagheri says

March 11, 2024

First of all, it was a very interesting post and I really enjoyed it

However, some questions popped into my head during reading your post.

1. For the court to rule on the existence of a serious risk of violation and then rule on the breach of the negative obligations of the respondent, does it not need to see evidence related to the action of the third state? While the mere fact that a state is selling weapons and supporting the military actions of another state does not automatically constitute a breach of negative obligation, the actions of the third state have a determining role in this matter. As a result, the evidence surrounding the actions of the third state becomes the main issue in this case.

2. If the court needs to comment on the evidence regarding the actions of the third state in order to rule in this case, does that not somehow cause the court to pass judgment on the actions of the third state, at least, as being a serious risk? How the court can while evaluating evidence, not pass judgment on the third state’s actions?

I think in the Nicaragua Case, the content of the manuals itself encouraged violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). However, in this case, except for certain aspects of the facts, the remaining elements do not necessarily constitute a breach of the respondent state’s negative obligations, unless the court rules that the actions of the third state at least, pose a serious risk

Marco Longobardo says

March 13, 2024

Dear All,
Thanks for your comments.

Adil: I don't think that the duty to ensure respect is, technically, an obligation of prevention under Art. 14(3) ARSIWA. So, if the claim is framed about the serious risk of IHL violations rather than about the knowledge of such a violation (this is not what we see in the application by Nicaragua, btw), then there is no need to demonstrate that Israel has violated IHL, so no MGP. In any case, I do not think that the findings of the ICJ in relation to obligations of prevention and Art. 14(3) ARSIWA are sound, with due respect, as I argued here: https://www.ejiltalk.org/symposium-on-the-genocide-conventionis-the-duty-to-prevent-genocide-an-obligation-of-result-or-an-obligation-of-conduct-according-to-the-icj/
On whether MGP is a problem of jurisdiction or admissibility or even merits, the case law of the ICJ isn't well-established. I'd say admissibility, but some admissibility questions (e.g. standing) are addressing at provisional measures stage too. In any case, I don't think MGJ should be addressed strictly at this stage.

Nicolas (if I may): thanks for this. I think Nicaragua went against Germany because of issues of jurisdiction.

Ali: the Court can assess *facts* pertaining to the conduct of that other State. If that State isn't happy, that State can intervene. The key is not framing the claims before the Court as claims against the absent State. In its case law, the Court used facts alleged by the applicant (including UNSC res) to address facts without the participation of the third State.

Nicolas Boeglin says

March 13, 2024

Dear Professor Longobardo

Many thanks for your kind answer.

Germany, as well as Canada, UK, The Netherlands are State Parties to Genocide Convention of 1948 used by Nicaragua, with no particular reserve limiting ICJ jurisdiction.

Maybe the difference of Germany with the others States has to be found with the difference of volume of weapons and military components exported to Israel.

In the request of Nicaragua, we read (paragraph 53):

"53. /.../ By the end of 2023, the
German Government had granted military exports to Israel in the amount of 326,505,156 euros. On January 2024, German media reported that Israel had made a request for tank shells,
especifically 10,000 120-millimeter Rheinmetall precision rounds. Der Spiegel reported that Germany had agreed to deliver the request from its own stocks in order to be able to comply with the “urgency”. According to information made available by the German Government, export licences granted between January 2024 and 15 February 2024 concerned military
equipment worth 9,003,676 euros".

Source:

https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/193/193-20240301-app-01-00-en.pdf

It is of course just and idea in order to try to understand why Germany (and not others States) has been charged by Nicaragua. And as an idea, it needs a comparative data on military imports made by Israel from those States.

If you or any of our dear EJIL Talk colleague (and their contacts at IDF) has access to a comparative study, article, paper of the exact origin of military components, ammunitions and weapons used by Israel, please feel free to share the link.

Yours sincerely

Nicolas Boeglin

Nicolas Boeglin says

March 13, 2024

Dear Professor Longobardo

Many thanks for your kind answer.

Germany, as well as Canada, UK, The Netherlands are State Parties to Genocide Convention of 1948 used by Nicaragua, with no particular reserve limiting ICJ jurisdiction.

Maybe the difference of Germany with the others States has to be found with the difference of volume of weapons and military components exported to Israel.

In the request of Nicaragua, we read (paragraph 53):

"53. /.../ By the end of 2023, the German Government had granted military exports to Israel in the amount of 326,505,156 euros. On January 2024, German media reported that Israel had made a request for tank shells,
especifically 10,000 120-millimeter Rheinmetall precision rounds. Der Spiegel reported that Germany had agreed to deliver the request from its own stocks in order to be able to comply with the “urgency”. According to information made available by the German Government, export licences granted between January 2024 and 15 February 2024 concerned military
equipment worth 9,003,676 euros".

Source:

https://www.icj-cij.org/sites/default/files/case-related/193/193-20240301-app-01-00-en.pdf

It is of course just and idea in order to try to understand why Germany (and not others States) has been charged by Nicaragua. And as an idea, it needs a comparative data on military imports made by Israel from those States to be confirmed.

If you or any of our dear EJIL Talk colleague (and their contacts at IDF) has access to a comparative study, article, paper of the exact origin of military components, ammunitions and weapons imported from Europe and used by Israel, please feel free to share the link.

Yours sincerely

Nicolas Boeglin

Nicolas Boeglin says

March 16, 2024

Dear Professor Longobardo

May I add to my previous comment a reference to a note on ICJ press release of yesterday, fixing the hearings between Nicaragua and Germany to April 8-9:

https://derechointernacionalcr.blogspot.com/2024/03/gaza-israel-corte-internacional-de.html

As indicated, the date choosen by ICJ coincides with (almost exaclty) 6 months since October 7th. In your view, any particular sign ICJ wants to send us through this choice?

Yours sincerely

Nicolas Boeglin

Nicolas Boeglin says

April 11, 2024

Dear Professor Longobardo

May I add to my previous comment a note on recent public hearings between Nicaragua and Germany at ICJ, that took place last 8-9 April.

https://derechointernacionalcr.blogspot.com/2024/04/gaza-israel-concluyen-audiencias-en.html

In view of the very enthusiastic comments of my European and in particular Germans colleagues after Germany`s oral presentation, it would be maybe recommended to refer them to this very same sensation felt by US colleagues in 1984, Colombian colleagues in 2001 and Costa Rican colleagues in 2011 (asunto de la denominada "trocha fronteriza"). Nicaragua has a very experienced team in what can be called "litigation art at Peace Palace".

Yours sincerely

Nicolas Boeglin