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October 9, 2022 at 12:01 AM #111851GigaGuest
INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ The Hague, Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)70 302 2323 Fax: +31 (0)70 364 9928
7 October 2022
Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment
of the Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation) The Portuguese Republic files a declaration of intervention in the proceedings under Article 63 of the Statute
THE HAGUE, 7 October 2022. Today, the Portuguese Republic, invoking Article 63 of the
Statute of the Court, filed in the Registry of the Court a declaration of intervention in the case
concerning Allegations of Genocide under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the
Crime of Genocide (Ukraine v. Russian Federation).
Pursuant to Article 63 of the Statute, whenever the construction of a convention to which
States other than those concerned in the case are parties is in question, each of these States has the
right to intervene in the proceedings. In this case, the construction given by the judgment of the Court will be equally binding upon them.
To avail itself of the right of intervention conferred by Article 63 of the Statute, Portugal relies
on its status as a party to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
In its declaration, Portugal states that it is its “firm conviction . . . that the Genocide
Convention is an instrument of the utmost importance to prevent and punish genocide, one of the
most serious acts against the very notion of human dignity”, adding that “[t]he interpretation,
application and fulfilment of the Convention and of its provisions is therefore of interest to all its
parties” and that as a “Party to the Genocide Convention and in line with its active commitment to a
rule-based international order, the Portuguese Republic has thus a direct interest in its interpretation by the Court”.
In accordance with Article 83 of the Rules of Court, Ukraine and the Russian Federation have
been invited to furnish written observations on Portugal’s declaration of intervention.
Portugal’s declaration of intervention will be available on the Court’s website shortly.