Consular Access to Jadhav: Invoking International Law as an Instrument of State Policy

The Indian recourse to the International Court of Justice provides a glimmer of hope for Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is lodged in Pakistani custody and sentenced to death. Indian action was triggered by consistent Pakistani denial of “consular access,” a minimal courtesy extended by all civilised states to nationals of another state, when they face charges under the local law. In a way, this Indian move to the ICJ underscores the beauty and majesty of international law for peaceful settlement of disputes.

 



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