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Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations

International Court of Justice
1949 I.C.J. 174


Facts

The United Nations (UN) requested an advisory opinion from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on two primary questions. First, it asked whether, when an agent of the UN is injured while performing duties relating to an individual State, the UN may bring an international claim against the State’s government for damages caused to either the UN or to the victim. In the event of an affirmative answer to the first question, the UN also requested an answer on the following question: when both the UN and an individual State have an interest in the same international claim, does the UN’s interest in bringing the claim outweigh the State’s interest in either providing diplomatic protection for its offending national, or bringing the claim itself, depending on the factual circumstances present?

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