General Assembly Asks ICJ for Advisory Opinion on Status of Kosovo

by Chris Borgen

By a vote of 77 for, 6 against, and 74 abstaining, the UN General Assembly has referred to the ICJ the following question:

Is the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?

The draft resolution submitted by Serbia is here.

According to the BBC, the US voted against the resolution, arguing that it was more political than legal, and most of the EU abstained.

I will post some preliminary thoughts on this later today.

http://opiniojuris.org/2008/10/08/general-assembly-asks-icj-for-advisory-opinion-on-status-of-kosovo/

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