5 July 1951


General List No. 16


international Court of Justice


Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.


United Kingdom






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BEFORE: President: Basdevant
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Citation: Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., U.K. v. Iran, Order, 1951 I.C.J. 100 (July 5)

The International Court of Justice,

having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court,

having regard to Article 37 of the Rules of Court,

Makes the following Order:

Having regard to the Application dated May 26th, 1951, deposited and filed in the Registry on that day, whereby the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, referring to the declarations made by that Government and by the Imperial Government of Iran accepting the Optional Clause provided for in Article 36, paragraph 2, of the Statute, instituted pro-ceedings before the Court against the Iranian Empire in the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company case;

Whereas the text of this Application was on the same day transmitted to the Iranian Government in accordance with Article 40, paragraph 2, of the Statute, and the submissions therein made were, also on the same day, communicated by telegraph to the said Government;

Having regard to the telegram dated Tehran, May 28th, 1951, whereby the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran acknowledged receipt of the telegraphic notification of the Application and stated that his Government was of the opinion that the Court had no jurisdiction to adjudicate in this case and that on receipt of the Application the said Government would submit a detailed reply;
Having regard to the Order of to-day's date, by which, following the Request of the Government of the United Kingdom dated [p 101] June 22nd, 1951, the Court indicates interim measures of protection in the case, which indication in no way prejudges the jurisdiction of the Court to consider the merits of the case,

Fixes as follows the time-limits for the presentation by the Parties of the written proceedings:

for the Memorial of the Government of the United Kingdom: September 3rd, 1951;

for the Counter-Memorial of the Imperial Government of Iran: December 3rd, 1951.
And reserves the rest of the procedure for further decision.

Done in French and English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this fifth day of July, one thousand nine hundred and fifty-one, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the United Kingdom and to the Imperial Government of Iran, respectively.

(Signed) Basdevant,

(Signed) E. Hambro,



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