The United States and the Kingdom of Sweden Thursday deposit statements of intervention before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case of Ukraine v. Russian Federation. Human rights experts in Ukraine and around the world have accused Genocide Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.
Below Article 63 of the Statute of the Court, States can intervene in the procedure if the result binds them. Additionally, aArticle 62 of the ICJ Statute provides that a state may seek to intervene in a contentious case if it “considers[s] that it has a legal interest likely to be affected by the decision rendered in this case.
The United States emphasized that “all States Parties have an important interest in ensuring the correct interpretation, application or observance of the Genocide Convention” and added that their “views on the issues involved in this case are further informed by the long history of support for efforts to prevent and punish genocide.
Sweden agreed that “the prohibition of genocide is a norm of jus cogens in international law, and the rights and obligations enshrined in the Convention are owed to the international community as a whole”.