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Press Release Unofficial
5 August 2022
Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation)
The United Kingdom files a declaration of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Statute
THE HAGUE, 5 August 2022.
Today, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, invoking Article 63 of the Statute of the Court, filed in the Registry of the Court a declaration of intervention in the case concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation).
Pursuant to Article 63 of the Statute, whenever the construction of a convention to which States other than those concerned in the case are parties is in question, each of these States has the right to intervene in the proceedings. In this case, the construction given by the judgment of the Court will be equally binding upon them.
To avail itself of the right of intervention conferred by Article 63 of the Statute, the United Kingdom relies on its status as a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”).
It emphasizes in its declaration of intervention that “th[e] case raises important issues concerning the Genocide Convention”, adding that “[t]he Court has found that the provisions of the Convention impose erga omnes partes obligations on Contracting Parties . . . and that the prohibition against genocide is a jus cogens norm in international law”. In the view of the United Kingdom, as a Contracting Party, it has “a direct interest in the construction that might be placed upon provisions of the Convention by the Court in [the] proceedings”.
In accordance with Article 83 of the Rules of Court, Ukraine and the Russian Federation have been invited to furnish written observations on the United Kingdom’s declaration of intervention.
The United Kingdom’s declaration of intervention will be available on the Court’s website shortly.
History of the proceedings
The history of the proceedings can be found in press releases Nos. 2022/4, 2022/6, 2022/7, 2022/11, 2022/25, 2022/26 and 2022/27, available on the Court’s website.
Note: The Court’s press releases are prepared by its Registry for information purposes only and do not constitute official documents.
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