Lotus Case (Summary)

Name of the Case: The Lotus Case (France vs Turkey); Year of the decision: 1927; and Court: PCIJ.
Overview: A collision occurred on the high seas between a French vessel and a Turkish vessel. Victims were Turkish nationals and the alleged offender was French. Could Turkey exercise its jurisdiction over the French national, in accordance with international law?

Opinio Juris

What is opinio juris? 1. Article 38 (1) (b) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice explains customary international law as comprising of “(1) a general practice (2) accepted as law”. The general practice or state practice was discussed in an earlier post. The ICJ, in its jurisprudence, has relied on, and interpreted, Article 38Continue reading “Opinio Juris”