The Netherlands

On behalf of the team

On 17 May 2022, the Court of Appeal of The Hague ruled on both the admissibility of Stichting Vredesbeweging PAX (“PAX”) and the substantive question of whether the Dutch State was not and is not allowed to export military goods to Egypt based on international obligations. [1]

With regard to PAX’s admissibility, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Preliminary Relief Judge had wrongly dismissed this, since PAX’s articles of association explicitly refer to the objectives of Stichting Interkerkelijk Vredesberaad and Vereniging Pax Christi Nederland and the objects clause in its articles of association covers the content of the present case. In line with the Preliminary Relief Judge, the Court of Appeal denied the substance of the claim. It had not been made sufficiently plausible that the military goods to be exported to Egypt would be used in the violation of human rights.

[1] Court of Appeal of The Hague, 17 May 2022, ECLI:NL:GHDHA:2022:834