Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia did not break international law, the United Nations’ highest court ruled today.
The non-binding opinion sets the stage for a renewed push by Kosovo for further international recognition of its independence.
Reading the opinion, International Court of Justice President Hisashi Owada said international law contained no “prohibition on declarations of independence.”
Kosovo sparked debate worldwide when it seceded from Serbia in 2008, following the 1998-99 war and nearly a decade of international administration.
Kosovo’s statehood has been recognised by 69 countries, including the United States and most European Union nations. Serbia and Russia lead a handful of others in staunchly condemning it.