Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)

On 29 September 2005, Costa Rica brought a case against Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) claiming that  that Nicaragua imposed a number of restrictions on the navigation of Costa Rican boats and their passengers on the San Juan River, in violation of the 1858 Treaty of Limits.

It was not contested that the section of the San Juan River belongs to Nicaragua, since the border lies on the Costa Rican bank, with Costa Rica possessing a right of free navigation. However, the parties differed as to the precise extent of those rights.

                                                                                                                            

On Monday 13 July 2009, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its Judgment in the case concerning the Dispute regarding Navigational and Related Rights. The ICJ found, inter alia, that Costa Rica has the right of free navigation on the San Juan River for purposes of commerce, including the transport of passengers and tourists and the Court also found that Nicaragua can impose regulations.

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