New Delhi: Amid rising hostilities between Russia and Ukraine, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hold public hearings on the conflict on March 7 and 8.
“In view of the current pandemic, the hearings will be held in a hybrid format. Some members of the court will attend the oral proceedings in person in the Great Hall of Justice while others will participate remotely by video link,” an ICJ statement said.
Representatives of Russia and Ukraine will participate either in person or by video link, it said. As the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the ICJ has a vital role to play in the peaceful settlement of disputes.
Ukraine filed an application in the ICJ on February 26 to initiate proceedings against Russia under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and urged the court to tell Russia to halt all military actions in Ukraine immediately.
“We request an urgent decision ordering Russia to cease military activity now,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted.