South West Africa and the International Court of Justice
by Elizabeth Landis
New York, New York, United States
March 22, 1965
Consultative Council on South Africa
In this presentation to the National Conference on the South Africa Crisis and American Action in Washington, D.C., Landis discusses the League of Nations granting the Union of South Africa a mandate to administer South West Africa (Namibia). It discusses the case against South Africa brought before the International Court of Justice by Ethiopia and Liberia in 1960, arguing that South Africa was violating its mandate. Landis discusses possible outcomes of a finding of the court (expected in several months) in favor of the plaintiffs. The finding would be binding, but the question is how it would be enforced. Enforcement ultimately could be determined by the United Nations Security Council, and an economic boycott would be a logical way to seek to enforce the Court’s decision. Landis argues that South West Africa could be a cinch in South Africa’s army because of the international legal and political issues it raises.
This item was digitized for Aluka, which made it available to the African Activist Archive.
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive