The Nicaragua Case 25 Years Later


Hague Academy of International Law

Peace Palace
Carnegieplein 2
2517 KJ The Hague
The Netherlands

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June 27, 2011 9:00AM–5:00PM


In June 1986, the International Court of Justice issued its ruling in the case concerning Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Republic of Nicaragua v. the United States of America). The decision has had a lasting impact on a wide-range of issues and on the role of the Court itself. Please join current and former ICJ judges, prominent academics and practitioners, and members of the two legal teams in a discussion of this seminal decision and its ongoing impact.


  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am Registration and Coffee 
  • 9:30 am - 9:45 am Opening Remarks: Professor Nico Schrijver, Chair of Public International Law, Leiden University
  • 9:45 am - 11:15 am The Impact of the Nicaragua Case on the Law: Attribution, State Responsibility and Jurisdiction 
  • 11:15 am - 11:45 am Coffee break 
  • 11:45 am - 1:15 pm The Impact of the Nicaragua Case on the Law: Use of Force, Intervention and Matters of Evidence 
  • 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Luncheon 
  • 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm The Impact of the Nicaragua Case on the Court and Its Role 
  • 4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Coffee break 
  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm A Retrospective: Reflections of the Participants  
  • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception


  • Judge Bruno Simma, International Court of Justice 
  • Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, International Court of Justice 
  • Prof. Payam Akhavan, McGill University 
  • Prof. Alan Boyle, University of Edinburgh 
  • Prof. James Crawford, University of Cambridge 
  • Prof. Lori Damrosch, Columbia Law School 
  • Prof. Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, Geneva 
  • Prof. Michael Glennon, The Fletcher School, Tufts University 
  • Prof. Marcelo Kohen, Graduate Institute of International Development Studies, Geneva 
  • Prof. John Norton Moore, University of Virginia School of Law 
  • Prof. Alain Pellet, University Paris Ouest, Nanterre-La Défense 
  • Mr. Paul Reichler, Partner, Foley Hoag LLP 
  • Prof. Philippe Sands, University College London 
  • Prof. Nico Schrijver, Leiden University Law School 
  • Prof. Brigitte Stern, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne 
  • Prof. Joe Verhoeven, Université Paris II

Co Sponsored by:
The Grotius Centre of the Leiden Law School 
Centre on International Courts and Tribunals at University College London 
Netherlands Society of International Law 
Foley Hoag LLP