ICJAO Proceedings

What is the Protocol for Countries to engage in the ICJ Process? 

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The Court has decided, to

 Extend to 22 March 2024 the time limit within which all written statements on the questions may be presented to the Court by Article 66, paragraph 2, of the Statute; 

Extend to 22 April 2024 the time limit within which States and organizations having presented written statements may submit written comments on the other written statements by Article 66, paragraph 4, of the Statute 


Upcoming ICJ Events 

The Court authorizes the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Forum Fisheries Agency to participate in the proceedings.pdf
ICJ Approves OACPS, MSG, and FFA's participation in the advisory proceedings on the "Obligations of States in Respect of Climate Change"
The status of Climate Change Litigation, and it's significance at a global scale. 

Vanuatu files its written submission at the Hague

22nd of March 2024 marks a significant milestone for The Republic of Vanuatu as it submits its written statements to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. 

The submission of these written statements not only underscores Vanuatu and global states' dedication to upholding international law and justice but also represents a significant stride towards seeking resolutions through peaceful channels. 

First Caribbean ICJ Writeshop

The First Caribbean ICJ Write shop took place in Grenada on February 15-16, 2024, organized by the governments of Grenada, Vanuatu, and the OACPS, with the participation of representatives from 11 Caribbean States.

This event not only serves as a forum for legal experts to convene but also symbolizes the region's dedication to combatting climate change. It plays a vital role in facilitating collaborative efforts and idea exchange among legal drafters which will help contribute to the ICJ advisory opinion.

Evidence Collection in Tanna Island

In early January 2024, the Attorney General of Vanuatu and a team of lawyers representing the Office of the Attorney-General visited Tanna Island to gather first-hand accounts of the impacts of climate change on communities. 

Second Pacific Regional
Writeshop Highlights

The Vanuatu Government and the Pacific Community(SPC) hosted the Second Regional Write Shop for National submissions towards the International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion in Nadi to help Pacific island countries develop high-quality submissions that advocate for their rights and interests. Participants include legal experts, government officials, and stakeholders from the countries of Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Palau, and Vanuatu. The event aimed to refine submissions that address climate change.

Vanuatu's participation in the 24_7 Carbon Free Event - New York 2023

𝗦𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗶𝘀𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘀𝗲𝗮-𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 𝗿𝗶𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗷𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗼𝗹𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿s 𝗱𝗼𝗻'𝘁 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲!

It is time to move from empty promises to binding obligations under international law and to achieve climate justice for the most vulnerable nations

On September 11, 2023, for the first time in history, the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law (COSIS), appeared before an international court -- the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) -- to address the responsibility of major polluters for the alarming warming of the oceans because of greenhouse gas emissions.