North Carolina Journal of International Law

"Connecting North Carolina to the World of International Law"


Bitter Sweet Victory: Costa Rica receives limited damages in dispute with Nicaragua

By: Lenore Livingston Costa Rica claimed it was entitled to $6.7 million in damages due to Nicaragua’s violation of their sovereign territory in 2010.  However, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) only granted $378,890.59 in damages.  What accounts for the vast difference in the amount Costa Rica expected to collect? In 2015, the ICJ ruled that Nicaragua violated Costa Rican…