Law: U.S. Policy Goes on Trial

At the World Court, two Americans make Nicaragua's case

In the ornate chamber of the International Court of Justice in the Hague last week, lawyers for Nicaragua charged the U.S. with attempting to overthrow the Sandinista government, using the contra rebels as one of its tools. The lawyers made their case in the World Court before an empty row of leather chairs reserved for the American side. The U.S. is boycotting the proceeding: last year the Reagan Administration announced that while it would continue to recognize the court's jurisdiction generally, it would not do so for two years in matters involving events in Central America.

Despite Washington's absence, there were...

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