The Court,Judge Ranjeva appended a declaration to the Judgment of the Court; Judge Parra-Aranguren appended a separate opinion; Judges Simma and Abraham appended a joint dissenting opinion; Judge Bennouna appended a declaration; Judge ad hoc Dugard appended a dissenting opinion; and Judge ad hoc Sreenivasa Rao appended a separate opinion. These declarations, separate opinions, and dissenting opinions can be found here.
(1) By twelve votes to four, Finds that sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to the Republic of Singapore;
(2) By fifteen votes to one, Finds that sovereignty over Middle Rocks belongs to Malaysia;
(3) By fifteen votes to one, Finds that sovereignty over South Ledge belongs to the State in the territorial waters of which it is located.
Friday, May 23, 2008
ICJ: Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore)
Today, the International Court of Justice rendered its judgment in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore). Judgment here; summary here; press release here. The dispute pertained to the sovereignty over three maritime features in the Straits of Singapore: Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh (a granite island on which there is a lighthouse); Middle Rocks (some rocks that are permanently above water); and South Ledge (a low-tide elevation). The parties had submitted the case to the Court by special agreement.
Here's the Judgment's dispositif: