Lotus Case (Summary)

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Name of the Case: The Lotus Case (France vs Turkey); Year of the decision: 1927; and Court: PCIJ.

Overview: A collision occurred on the high seas between a French vessel and a Turkish vessel. Victims were Turkish nationals and the alleged offender was French. Could Turkey exercise its jurisdiction over the French national under international law? 

Facts of the Case:

A collision occurred on the high seas between a French vessel – Lotus – and a Turkish vessel – Boz-Kourt. The Boz-Kourt sank and killed eight Turkish…

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