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14 February 1952


General List No. 15


international Court of Justice







United Kingdom



BEFORE: President: Basdevant
Citation: Ambatielos, Greece v. U.K., Order, 1952 I.C.J. 16 (Feb. 14)


The President of the International Court of Justice,

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

having regard to Article 62 of the Rules of Court,

having regard to the Application dated April 9th, 1951, whereby the Hellenic Government instituted proceedings against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Ambatielos case,

having regard to Orders made on May 18th, July 30th, November 9th, 1951, and January 16th, 1952, fixing and extending the time-limits for the deposit of the Memorial and Counter-Memorial in this case and reserving the rest of the proceedings;

Whereas the United Kingdom Government filed their Counter-Memorial within the prescribed time-limit;

Whereas the Agent of the United Kingdom Government, while stating, in the Counter-Memorial, the arguments and conclusions of his Government on the merits, has objected to the jurisdiction of the Court, and expressly stated this objection as a Preliminary Objection within the meaning of Article 62 of the Rules of Court;

Whereas, therefore, and under the provisions of said Article, the proceedings on the merits are suspended, and a time-limit must [p17]

be fixed for the presentation by the other Party of a written statement of the observations and conclusions on the said Preliminary Objection;

Reserving the rest of the proceedings on the merits,

Fixes April 4th, 1952, as the time-limit within which the Hellenic Government may present the written statement of their observations and conclusions in regard to the Preliminary Objection lodged by the United Kingdom Government.

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this fourteenth day of February, one thousand nine hundred and fifty-two, in three copies, of which one will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others will be transmitted to the Hellenic Government and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, respectively.

(Signed) Basdevant,

(Signed) E. Hambro,