20 Jul Nicaragua May Seek Reparations from U.S. Based on 1986 ICJ Decision
Nicaragua may vote on a referendum on whether to seek damages from the U.S. arising out of the 1980s civil war. I have grave doubts about Nicaragua’s ability to win such a claim (as well as its method of calculating damages), but it might be an interesting case.
Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has proposed a referendum on whether to demand $17bn (£10bn) from the US for its role in his country’s civil war.
Mr Ortega was addressing supporters on the 32nd anniversary of the Sandinista revolution.
In 1986, the world court ruled the US violated international law by backing the Contras against Mr Ortega’s Sandinista government.
Apparently, a previous Nicaraguan government waived this claim. So in addition to the difficulty of establishing liability and calculating damages, Nicaragua will have an estoppel problem. And then there is the problem of finding a place to enforce their claim. But worth at least thinking about. It is possible, just not highly likely.