ICJ Equatorial Guinea Ruling Could Alter Diplomatic Relations

Law360 (January 13, 2021, 3:51 PM EST) -- On Dec. 11, 2020, the International Court of Justice issued its final judgment in the case of Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France).[1] The judgment against Equatorial Guinea bolsters anti-corruption efforts but may complicate the future of diplomatic relations.

The proceedings have been ongoing for over four years and arose out of a peculiar dispute between the countries in relation to a building located on 42 Avenue Foch in Paris. It is not just any building — 42 Avenue Foch houses a five-story mansion owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, vice president of Equatorial Guinea and son of the...

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