International Court of Justice to take on Bolivia-Chile dispute
(1 October 2015)
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that it has the authority to hear a dispute between Bolivia and Chile. The dispute concerns the nearly 250 miles of coastline that Bolivia lost to Chile in the 19th Century, leaving the country landlocked without access to the Pacific Ocean. The case was brought by Bolivia to the ICJ in 2013, and Chile responded by arguing that the court did not have jurisdiction in the case. This argument has now been overturned.
The Bolivian representative to the ICJ, Eduardo Rodriguez, called the ICJ’s decision “an initial victory” for Bolivia. Meanwhile, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet responded that, “Bolivia hasn't won anything.” Hearings on the case will continue in The Hague for the next several years.
UN court rules it can hear Bolivia sea dispute case, 24 September 2015, BBC News, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-34347332