March 4, 2021

Amid COVID-19 onslaught, ICJ suspends hearings until 16 April

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has suspend all hearing of meetings of the court in March and at least until April 16, 2020.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has suspend all hearing of meetings of the court in March and at least until April 16, 2020.

Court meetings suspended until April

According to a release by the ICJ, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Court has adopted a series of measures to help contain the spread of the virus and to protect the health and well-being of its judges and staff members and their families, while at the same time ensuring that it can continue to fulfill its mandate.

The measures, according to the ICJ, are in line with the recommendations of the United Nations and the authorities of the host country, the Netherlands.
The Court has also decided to suspend all official travel of Members of the Court and Registry staff, to cancel all visits and to implement teleworking, thus reducing to a minimum the physical presence of staff at the Peace Palace, the seat of the ICJ.

Members of the Court and Registry staff have also been requested to avoid private travel out of the duty station (The Hague).

As of Sunday there are 308,231 reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, 13,067 reported deaths, and 95,826 recovered.

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