Romania’s Foreign Ministry (MAE) is hailing the coming into force today of Law 137/2015 concerning Romania’s acceptance of the mandatory jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
“The coming into force of the law marks the final point in Romania’s demarches for full anchorage to the jurisdiction system of the Court in the Hague, thus conveying a clear message that Romania bases its international relations on the observance of the international law,’ MAE reports in a press statement.
It says that in accordance with the provisions of the new law, it has sent to the Permanent Representation of Romania to the United Nations a notification signed by Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu for the relevant declaration to be lodged with the secretary general.
“MAE is voicing satisfaction over Romania’s acceptance of the mandatory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the main judiciary body of the UN, occurring in 2015, the year of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and the 60th anniversary of Romania’s UN membership,’ reads the statement.
The draft of the law was drawn up by MAE in 2014, after a wide process of public and inter-institutional consultations that included conferences at the main university centres of Romania on the acceptance of the mandatory jurisdiction of the ICJ. The passage of the law was marked at a conference on May 29, 2015 hosted by MAE on the role of the Intentional Court of Justice in the promotion of the rule of law in international relations.
“Romania is convinced that international affairs have to be grounded in law. Romania firmly believes that international law is a value per se not just an instrument for behaviour in international affairs. That is why full respect for international law s one of the most important pillars of Romania’s foreign policy,’ Foreign Minister Aurescu told the conference.
An initiative concerning the possibility of Romania accepting the mandatory jurisdiction of the ICJ was launched by Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean at the UN High-level Meeting on the Rule of Law of September 24, 2012.
The public debate that preceded the drawing up of the draft law concerning Romania’s acceptance of the mandatory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice underscored the existence of a consistent support from the academia, particularly international law experts, decision makers and the public at large in favour of this initiative. The acceptance declaration mentioned in Article 2 of Law 137 of June 8, 2015, was drawn up in a way that secures protection of the interests of Romania, says MAE.
As of January 2015, 71 states had recognised the jurisdiction of the ICJ under a similar declaration, including 22 of the European Union’s 28 member states.
Romania became the 72nd world state to recognise the ICJ jurisdiction, Agerpres informs.