The World Court announced on Tuesday that hearings on whether to order “provisional remedies” in a complaint filed by Ukraine against Russia demanding a halt to Moscow’s military actions in Ukraine will be held on March 7-8.
In a statement, the United Nations court said it has issued Russia an urgent communication to prepare for the possibility that it could impose interim measures, or immediate steps, to defend Ukraine, as Ukraine has requested.
The International Court of Justice, as it is officially known, is the United Nations’ forum for resolving international disputes.
Ukraine filed a lawsuit on Sunday, claiming that Russia’s claim that it invaded Ukraine to prevent genocide is incorrect.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Sunday that he had filed a lawsuit in response to Moscow’s claims of genocide.
Without giving evidence, Russian President Vladimir Putin has frequently claimed that Ukraine committed “genocide” in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, and that the invasion, dubbed a “special operation” by Russian officials, was necessary to put an end to it.
Ukraine’s argument is that the two countries are at odds over a convention called the Genocide Convention, which both countries have ratified. Ukraine contends that no genocide occurred in Donbass, and that the treaty, in any case, does not grant one country the authority to invade another in order to avoid genocide.
Judges will not evaluate problems of jurisdiction or the merits of Ukraine’s case during the March 7-8 hearings, but rather whether the matter is so urgent that they must take some immediate remedy in the interests of justice before the case can be heard in its entirety.
There is no timetable for a decision.
Despite the fact that the ICJ is the UN’s highest court and its decisions are binding, governments such as Russia have in the past ignored it.