The Law School in the Silala case before the International Court of Justice

University of Strathclyde Law School Prof Francesco Sindico has been collaborating with the Plurinational State of Bolivia as legal counsel for several years in the Silala case (Dispute over the Status and Use of the Waters of the Silala (Chile v. Bolivia)) before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The case has now come to an end with the ICJ having released its decision on Thursday 1 December 2022. The decision can be found at and the recording of the reading of the decision can be accessed at

Prof Sindico commented on his experience at the ICJ in the following way: “It has been a tremendous experience and an honour to work with Bolivia in the Silala case. In many ways, it has been an eye opener on what international law really is and how international dispute settlement operates. I look forward to bring all of this back into my research and teaching so that future Law School students can also benefit from my practical experience.”

You can find some preliminary observations on the Silala case by Prof Sindico and two other colleagues working as counsel for the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Prof Eckstein and Prof Movilla Pateiro, on EJIL Talk.