Barcelona Traction at 40: the ICJ as an agent of legal development

Tams, C. and Tzanakopoulos, A. (2010) Barcelona Traction at 40: the ICJ as an agent of legal development. Leiden Journal of International Law, 23(4), pp. 781-800. (doi: 10.1017/S0922156510000361)



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The article revisits the <i>Barcelona Traction</i> judgment of the International Court of Justice, rendered forty years ago. It evaluates the lasting influence of the Court's pronouncements on the nationality of corporations and on obligations erga omnes, and uses the case to illustrate the Court's role as an influential agent of legal development. In this respect, it identifies a number of factors that can help to explain under which circumstances judicial pronouncements are likely to shape the law.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tzanakopoulos, Dr Antonios and Tams, Professor Christian
Authors: Tams, C., and Tzanakopoulos, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Leiden Journal of International Law
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2010 Foundation of the Leiden Journal of International Law
First Published:First published in Leiden Journal of International Law 23(4):781-800
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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