In 2021, the International Court of Justice decided, in Qatar v. United Arab Emirates, that the term "national origin" does not include current nationality as used in the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination ("CERD"). While the Court's decision is supported by various legal arguments, the majority's approach seems to stray from practices regarding interpreting ambiguous terms, and is contradictory to some of its earlier opinions. This Note uses CERD, other International Court of Justice opinions, and the dissenting opinions to the Qatar v. United Arab Emirates decision to critically analyze the strength of the majority's opinion. It then compares the dissenting opinions to conclude which Justice wrote the strongest argument. Finally, this Note explores the potential impacts of the decision in Qatar v. United Arab Emirates.
Qatar v. UAE-- The Weight of Words,
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