Fiat justitia, ruat coelum: Is the International Court of Justice aware of this?

D. Shanmuganathan


Abstract


The author takes a critical look at the International Court of Justice’s advisory opinion in a case involving defamation suits filed by Malaysian lawyers against a Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Malaysia considering the extent to which it diverges from a belief that justice must be realized regardless of consequences, as expressed by the Latin legal phrase, Fiat justitia ruat caelum meaning "Let justice be done though the heavens fall."Article by D. Shanmuganathan (PhD Student, Department of Law, University of Wales, Aberystwyth). Published in Amicus Curiae - Journal of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and its Society for Advanced Legal Studies. The Journal is produced by the Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

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