Nicaragua v. US: Judgment of International Ct. of Justice

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Monday, September 1, 1986
Author: 
Judith C. Appelbaum and David Wippmanl
Volume: 
2
Issue: 
9
Abstract: 
On June 27, 1986, the International Court of Justice, in an historic decision, found United States intervention in Nicaragua to be in violation of the most fundamental precepts of international law.  Judgment on the Merits, Case Concerning Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America).  The decision represents a definitive ruling of the highest legal tribunal in the world that no state, no matter how powerful, may lawfully use armed force to impose changes in the political structure of another state.