Oil's Well that Ends Well? Critical Comments on the Merits Judgement in the Oil Platforms Case
The recent judgement on the merits in the Oil Platforms case has brought a long-standing dispute before the International Court of Justice to a close. This article critically analyzes some of the most interesting topics raised in this judgement, not least the fact that it was harshly criticized by a very high number of judges in their individual opinions. The issues discussed – such as the role of self-defence law within the confines of an ‘FCN treaty’ or the notion of ‘freedom of commerce’ – merely point to higher-level problems of a theoretical nature which cause our confusion as to substantive law.
Key Words: exceptions; FCN treaties; International Court of Justice; Oil Platforms case; self-defence.
1 Mag. iur. (Vienna); LL.M. (Cantab.).