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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Corfu Channel Case

Michael Waibel

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 April 2024

Innocent passage

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 The Corfu Channel Case marks the beginning of a rich and diverse role played by the International Court of Justice (‘ICJ’) in the judicial settlement of international disputes. After eight years of inactivity, the reorganized World Court laid lasting foundations for several important areas of international law. British warships passing through the Corfu Channel were severely damaged by mines in Albanian waters, and forty-four sailors lost their lives. The ICJ gave three judgments, the first of which rejected Albania’s preliminary objections, the second held...
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