The Rainbow Warrior – Thirty Years Later
(2015) NZLJ 324
2 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 1, 2015
This article was first delivered at a conference in Wellington New Zealand to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the sinking of the Greenpeace vessel “The Rainbow Warrior” in Auckland Harbour on 19 July 1985. The sinking resulted from explosive devices attached to the vessel at night by officers of the French Government. This event was one of the most serious international incidents suffered by New Zealand in peacetime. Resolving the issues between France proved to be extraordinarily difficult. Yet by a series of negotiations, a UN Secretary-General’s ruling and arbitrations, international law was upheld and vindicated. Now 30 years later the relations between France and New Zealand seem to be in a good state of repair. This article briefly traverses the steps that were taken to resolve the dispute, which were highly unusual.
Keywords: Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace, International political relations, United Nations, international dispute resolution
JEL Classification: K00, K32
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