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India and the International Court of Justice 


Under the Indian Constitution’s Directive Principles of State Policy under art. 51 and Article 40 of the Draft Constitution, 1948, endeavours to promote “international peace and security by the prescription of open, just and honourable relations between nations, by the firm establishment of the understandings of international law as the actual rule of conduct among governments and by the maintenance of justice and respect for treaty obligations in the dealings of organized people with one another”. Similarly, in 1984, Hari Vishnu Kamath added, “India with her ancient cultural and spiritual heritage and her tradition - a centuries-old tradition of non-aggression – is best qualified to enhance respect for international law and treaty obligations.” The following note shall discuss three cases in which India has been involved. Her involvement has led to the evolution of principles and jurisprudence for long-term consequences.

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