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The Meuse Case (Neth. v. Belg.)

1937 P.C.I.J. (ser. A/B) No. 70

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The Meuse Case (Neth. v. Belg.)

Permanent Court of International Justice

1937 P.C.I.J. (ser. A/B) No. 70

Facts

The Netherlands (plaintiff) took water from the Meuse River for use by the Bosscheveld Lock. Belgium (defendant) took water from the Meuse River for use by the Neerhaeren Lock. The Netherlands petitioned the Permanent Court of International Justice, claiming that Belgium’s use of the Meuse violated the Treaty of 1863. The Netherlands sought an order directing Belgium to stop the practice.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hudson, J.)

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