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Germany v Italy before the ICJ over WWII claims

 On December 23rd, the Federal Republic of Germany instituted proceedings against Italy before the International Court of Justice claiming that “Italian judicial bodies have repeatedly disregarded the jurisdictional immunity of Germany as a sovereign state.” (See the Press Release of the ICJ here, a Press Release from the German Parliament here.) The case was caused by numerous decisions by Italian courts awarding damages to victims of Nazi war crimes during Germany’s occupation of Italy between 1943-1945. Factual background Especially during the late 1990s, Germany was faced with a growing number of disputes brought before Italian courts by individuals who had suffered…