On 6 October, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected jurisdiction over a landmark case brought by the Marshall Islands against India, Pakistan and Britain for failing to comply with the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The atolls that form part of the Marshall Islands were the site of nuclear weapons tests conducted by the United States in the 1940s and 50s. Dr. Joris Larik, Senior Researcher at The Hague Institute, commented on the decision in the Guardian and the Japan Times, highlighting the disappointing result for the islands.
“That [this decision] happened this early is certainly very disappointing for them and the whole nuclear disarmament movement, but it also shows that small island nations are looking for smart ways to play a role on the global stage.”
– Dr. Joris Larik