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UN court rules against Italy over WWII compensation

On Feb 3rd it was found by the UN’s International Court of Justices that Germany was legally immune from claims of slave labor by foreign courts. Due to the fact that Germany has paid reparations since th fifties. It found that the Italian Supreme court violated Germany’s sovereignty. The Italians courts argued that it was legal to make such statements against Germany because the war crimes show international precedence over state sovereignty. This court makes the final judgement and cannot be overturned.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16869814

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2 responses to “UN court rules against Italy over WWII compensation

  1. rmalesky February 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I find this article interesting in that we often criticize the UN for its inability to lay down rulings or legitimately ‘govern’ world affairs but yet we consistently support efforts to maintain the sovereignty of all States. I think in this situation the court is correct in ruling that Italy does not in fact have jurisdiction in Germany nor can they demand reparations but for the sake of discussion, even if Italy had been in the right, who plays the so-called international enforcer? Is it the social pressures that create a necessity for States to cooperate and accept the rulings of another? I doubt that there will be a legitimate World government in the future as that implies the complete loss of sovereignty however there is no doubt the UN creates rulings that are seemingly legitimate on the International stage. I think this article also is interesting in that it brings up the legitimacy of the ICJ. The Security Council receives a lot of attention as its rulings are binding but the ICJ is, from my point of view at least, is not as talked about as having the ability to create binding rulings on all UN members.

  2. dodger18 February 7, 2012 at 11:26 am

    War reparation is an interesting topic because of the difficulty in judging appropriate compensation in a changed world. It seems odd that a previously fascist axis power would go through the effort to revisit past indemnities. But with a struggling European economy and pressures on the sovereign state governments, it is no surprise that claims for reparations have seen a spike. However, Italy’s appeasement of these plaintiffs makes the ICJ’s ruling ever more crucial to abstaining future litigious plaintiffs from presenting claims. This was an important precedent set by the ICJ in rendering its final judgment.

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