Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Belgium)

ICJ sealOn 17 October 2000, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) filed an Application instituting proceedings against the Kingdom of Belgium. The Application was in respect to a dispute concerning an international arrest warrant issued on 11 April 2000 by a Belgian investigating judge against the Minister for Foreign Affairs in office of the DRC, Mr. Abdulaye Yerodia Ndombasi. The DRC contended that Belgium had violated the “principle that a State may not exercise its authority on the territory of another State”, as well as the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. On 14 February 2002, the Court found that the issue and international circulation by Belgium of the arrest warrant failed to respect the immunity from criminal jurisdiction and the inviolability which the incumbent Minister for Foreign Affairs of the DRC enjoyed under international law and that Belgium must cancel the arrest warrant.

 

The Effects of the Case concerning the Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (N. Strapatsas)The ICJ's judgment in the case concerning the arrest warrant of 11 April 2000 (J. Wouters & L. De Smet)Universal Jurisdiction Unrevisited (M.C. Bassiouni)
Research/ Court Documents
Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Application, 17-10-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Counter-Memorial of Belgium, 28-9-2001 Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Declaration of Judge ad hoc Van den Wyngaert, 8-12-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Declaration of Judge Oda, 8-12-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Declaration of Judge Ranjeva, 14-2-2002 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Declaration of Judge Ranjeva, 8-12-2000 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Dissenting opinion of Judge Al-Khasawneh, 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Dissenting Opinion of Judge Bula-Bula, 8-12-2000, (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Dissenting opinion of Judge Oda, 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Dissenting Opinion of Judge Rezek, 8-12-2000 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Dissenting opinion of Judge Van den Wyngaert, 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Judgment, 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Memorial of the DRC, 15-5-2001 (French)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Order of 12 April 2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Order of 13 December 2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Order of 14 March 2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Order of 27 June 2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Order of 8 December 2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Request for the indication of a Provisinal Measure, 17-10-2000 Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate opinion of Judge Bula-Bula, 14-2-2002 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate opinion of Judge Koroma, 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate Opinion of Judge Koroma, 8-12-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate Opinion of Judge Parra-Aranguren, 8-12-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate opinion of Judge Rezek, 14-2-2002 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate opinion of Judges Higgins et al., 14-2-2002Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Separate opinion of President Guillaume, 14-2-2002
Research/ Transcripts
Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings (I), 19-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings (I), 19-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings (II), 19-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings (II), 19-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 15-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 15-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 16-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 16-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 17-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 17-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 18-10-2001Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 18-10-2001 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 20-11-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 20-11-2000 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 21-11-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 21-11-2000 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 22-11-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 22-11-2000 (translation)Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 23-11-2000Arrest Warrant of 11 April 2000 (DRC v. Belgium): Oral pleadings, 23-11-2000 (translation)
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