UN World Court rules it has no jurisdiction to decide Georgian claim

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced today that it cannot consider a claim by Georgia that Russia breached a global pact against racial discrimination because the two countries had not first tried to resolve their dispute through negotiations.The ICJ, which sits in The Hague, voted by 10 judges to six to uphold one of Russia’s four preliminary objections to the court’s capacity to hear the claim, in which Georgia contended that Russia had breached the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).Detailing the reasoning for its decision, the ICJ

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