Georgia v. Russia case begins at ICJ 08 Sep 2008
Proceedings in the case brought by Georgia over Russia's intervention in South Ossetia and Abkhazia begin today before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Proceedings in the case brought by Georgia against Russia over its intervention in South Ossetia and Abkhazia begin on Monday 8 September in a three-day hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.

On 12 August 2008, Georgia instituted proceedings against the Russian Federation at the ICJ, accusing Russia of three interventions between 1990 and 2008 in violation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Monday’s hearings will focus on Georgia’s request for the indication of provisional measures, submitted on 14 August 2008. Georgia will request the Court to indicate provisional measures to preserve its rights under the CERD “to protect its citizens against violent discriminatory acts by Russian armed forces, acting in concert with separatist militia and foreign mercenaries.” Georgia will request the Court to order that the “Russian Federation immediately cease and desist from any… form of ethnic discrimination by its armed forces… or through separatist forces in South Ossetia and Abkhazia under its direction and control…”

The Court will solely rule on the issue of provisional measures at this stage and not on the merits of the case.

The Court is likely to decide on issues of jurisdiction before delivering its decision on provisional measures.

Presentation of the case

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