Ottawa,7 July 2023 (TDI): Netherlands and Canada file a joint written observation against Russia in Ukraine’s case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).


This filing is in response to the declaration of intervention that was filed in this action on December 7, 2022, by Canada and the Netherlands.

Ukraine aims to demonstrate in these proceedings that Russia lacks a legal basis for intervening against and within Kyiv.

Canada and the Netherlands,  are joining forces to present the court with their understanding of the  Genocide Convention clauses.

By doing this, Ottawa and Amsterdam reiterate their dedication to responsibility while highlighting the court’s crucial role in the amicable resolution of disputes.

The goal of Ukraine in these proceedings is “to establish that Moscow has no legal basis for engaging in action for and against Ukraine for the intent of  punishing any genocide.”

“Canada and the Netherlands exercise their right to intervene in this case pursuant to Section 63(2) of the law of the Court in order to present to the court their interpretation of the pertinent provisions of the Genocide Convention.

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