The World has a new book again – Jaanika Erne, Link of Jurisdiction in Article 62 Proceedings before the ICJ: Development of the Requirement for Link of Jurisdiction in Article 62 Intervention Proceedings before the International Court of Justice. Köln: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.
I thank the publisher: first, because this has been my only known possibility to publish these books, and second, because the publishing procedure was very intelligently arranged.
What value could such publication add? – I think it is a good idea to offer the graduates from master and doctoral programmes the possibility to publish their dissertations. That way it is possible to distribute the most fresh scientific research results. And the dissertations have already been (strictly) reviewed by the approving universities.
The summary of the book:
The traditional consensuality principle in international law means that an international tribunal has jurisdiction only if the subjects of international law agree upon that. Such understanding of international law has by today changed, one relevant example is the gradual abandonment by the ICJ of the requirement for link of jurisdiction as a pre-condition for intervention under Article 62 of the Statute of the ICJ.
Considering the development of traditional international law towards the UN model, the aim of this research is to study, whether the requirement for jurisdictional link from an intervening state in Article 62 proceedings with one or both parties to the case is reasonable in the context of growing interdependence between states, where the acts of any two states may have influence on the interests of third actors. The abandonment of the requirement for jurisdictional link in the proceedings under Article 62 seems to reveal the modern developments in international law, giving rise to considerations, whether the ICJ could more frequently use the possibility to consider wider interest in its proceedings.
Although written in 2002 and defended in 2003, this research is mostly dedicated to issues of international law of permanent nature and could therefore be well readable also today.