World Court to hear Kenya-Somalia maritime case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Feb. 2 ruled that it has the authority to adjudicate a dispute over a stretch of water in the Indian Ocean that is potentially laden with oil and gas. Somalia asked (PDF) the ICJ to rule on the dispute in 2014 after negotiations with Kenya broke down over the 100,000-square mile stretch. The ICJ rejected Kenya's claim that a 2009 agreement (PDF) between the two countries to settle the dispute through negotiations deprives the court of jurisdiction in the matter. Kenya's attorney general, Githu Muigaistated: "Kenya maintains the view that litigation can resolve only one aspect of a wide range of complex issues the parties must agree upon." This decision allows the case to proceed, with no date set as of yet for the trial to begin.

From Jurist, Feb. 2. Used with permission

World Court rules for Somalia in maritime dispute

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled in favor of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya concerning the maritime border between the countries. The court ruled unanimously that there had been no agreed maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya. But the new boundary line, which was decided by the ICJ, is closest to that proposed by Somalia. In March, Kenya withdrew from the case, and does not accept the jurisdiction of the ICJ. (Jurist)