Germany files ICJ case against Italy over Nazi war crimes compensation cases

  • Germany filed a request with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Friday, accusing Italy of continuing to enable victims of Nazi war crimes to seek compensation from Germany despite an earlier finding that such claims are illegal under international law.

  • In its application, Germany cited a 2012 International Court of Justice ruling that Italy could not authorize civil claims against Germany based on historical war crimes. The complaint highlights many instances in which Italy has disobeyed the judgement and requests that the ICJ order Italy to take immediate steps to ensure that no further proceedings against Germany be handled in Italian courts.

  • In its application, Germany stated: "Italian domestic courts have in the past disregarded the jurisdictional immunity of Germany as a sovereign State by allowing civil claims to be brought against Germany based on violations of international humanitarian law committed by the German Reich during World War II."

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