The 2010 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice

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The International Court of Justice rendered two final decisions on the merits in 2010: Argentina v. Uruguay and Republic of Guinea v. Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Court also issued an advisory opinion in Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of lndependence in Respect of Kosovo and an order finding Italy's counterclaim inadmissible in Germany v. Italy. In all four decisions, the Court was offered an opportunity to make a broader statement on the law or to preserve the opportunity to make such a statement in the future. In each case, the Court declined the opportunity presented to it. It is too early to say whether minimalism is an emerging characteristic of the current Court. It is also too early to predict the influence of the Court's newest judges-Judges Donoghue and Xue.


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