Ukraine submitted its written observations and submissions in response to the Russian Government objections as to the lack of jurisdiction of the Court

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Ukraine submitted its written observations and submissions (hereinafter referred to as the written statement) in response to the Russian Federation's objection to the lack of jurisdiction of the Court to consider an interstate dispute on the application and interpretation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination to the International Court of Justice.

Russia raised its objections to the jurisdiction with the ICJ in September 2018.

In its written statement, Ukraine clearly showed that the ICJ has jurisdiction to consider all claims of Ukraine.

First, Ukraine claims that it has complied with all the necessary requirements for a pretrial settlement of the dispute, which gives the ICJ jurisdiction to hear the dispute with the Russian Federation on the application and interpretation of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Second, Ukraine proves that the majority of Russian objections are inadmissible at the preliminary stage of the proceeding, as they may be considered at the merits stage.

Third, Ukraine points out that the interpretation of the Conventions should be decided at the merits stage. Even if the Court considered such disputes in deciding whether it has jurisdiction over the case, they would all have been resolved in Ukraine's favor.

Hague
January, 2019
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