"The aim of the law is to recognize the mandatory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in the Republic of Lithuania in settlement of all legal disputes with any state that has undertaken the same commitment with clauses," reads the explanatory note to the bill.
By adopting the law, Lithuania would recognize the competences of the Hague-based court in settlement of all legal disputes with another country that has assumed an analogous commitment on interpretation of any issue of the international law, any fact, which, if investigated, would be considered a violation of an international commitment and the size of reparations for breaching an international commitment, authors of the bill say.
After declaring its independence in 1990, Lithuania has not made a statement on recognition of the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. Up until now, the country needed a special agreement to participate in the hearing of a case in the Hague-based court.
UN member-states have various forms of recognition of the court's jurisdiction, they can also stipulate certain additional clauses.