Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania)

Date of Application: 22 May 1947

On 22 October 1946 in the Corfu Strait, two British destroyers struck mines in Albanian waters and suffered damage, including serious loss of life. On 22 May 1947, the Government of the United Kingdom filed an Application instituting proceedings against the Government of the People's Republic of Albania seeking a decision to the effect that the Albanian Government was internationally responsible for the consequences of the incident and must make reparation or pay compensation. Albania, for its part, had submitted a counter-claim against the United Kingdom for having violated Albanian territorial waters. On 9 April 1949, the Court found that Albania was responsible for the explosions and for the resulting damage and loss of human life suffered by the United Kingdom. The Court also found that the later minesweeping by the United Kingdom had violated Albanian sovereignty. On 19 December 1949, the Court ordered Albania to pay the United Kingdom a total compensation of 843, 947.

The Corfu Channel case was the first dispute to be brought before the newly established International Court of Justice - the successor to the Permanent Court of International Justice.

Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Counter-Memorial of Albania, 15-6-1948 (French text only)Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Azevedo, 9-4-1949The Corfu Channel case - and the missing admiralty orders (A. Carty)
Research/ Court Documents
Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Application, 22-5-1947Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Badawi Pasha, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Daxner, 25-3-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Ečer, 15-12-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Ečer, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Krylov, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Dissenting opinion of Judge Winiarski, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Judgment, 15-12-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Judgment, 25-3-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Judgment, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Memorial of the United Kingdom, 30-9-1947Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Observations of the United Kingdom, 19-1-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Observations of the United Kingdom, 28-7-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 10 December 1947Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 17 December 1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 24 June 1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 26 March 1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 31 July 1947Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Order of 9 April 1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Reply of Albania, 20-9-1948 (French)Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Reply of the United Kingdom, 30-7-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Separate opinion of Judge Alvarez, 9-4-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Separate opinion of Judges Basdevant et al., 25-3-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Special Agreement, 25-3-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Summary of the Judgment, 15-12-1949Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Summary of the Judgment, 25-3-1948Corfu Channel (United Kingdom v. Albania): Summary of the Judgment, 9-4-1949
Research/ miscellaneous (Research Document)
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