The Minquiers and Ecrehos Case (France v. U.K.)

1953 I.C.J. 47

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The Minquiers and Ecrehos Case (France v. U.K.)

International Court of Justice
1953 I.C.J. 47

SC

Facts

The United Kingdom and France reached an agreement to submit to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the question of who owned the islands of Minquiers and Ecrehos. France claimed that the islands were British territory only until France drove England out of Normandy in 1204. Great Britain claimed that though it was driven out of Normandy, France did not also conquer the islands. Both countries relied on a series of medieval treaties the countries signed after 1204. The United Kingdom presented evidence that the island of Ecrehos was included in a land inventory undertaken by its King in 1309. The United Kingdom also presented evidence of criminal proceedings held on the British island of Jersey in the 19th century for crimes committed on the Ecrehos. Local records for the Ecrehos from the 19th century, such as property, census, and licensing records also appeared in Jersey’s archives.

Rule of Law

Issue

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