Referral Jurisdiction


“Referral Jurisdiction” is our name for a new form of International Court of Justice jurisdiction that would allow states to secure advisory opinions of the Court in their disputes with other states.  Judgments rendered pursuant to referral jurisdiction would not be formally binding.  However, in contrast to binding cases today, referral jurisdiction would not depend upon the consent of states whose behavior is challenged.  This means that all states—no matter how powerful—would be able to secure a legal judgment in their disputes with other states.

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