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16 March 1963


General List No. 50


international Court of Justice


Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited








BEFORE: President: Winiarski
Citation: Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belg. v. Spain), 1963 I.C.J. 9 (Order of Mar. 16)


The President of the International Court of Justice,

having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Article 62 of the Rules of Court;

having regard to the Order of 7 August 1962 fixing 15 March 1963 as the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of the Spanish Government;

Whereas, within the time-limit so fixed, the Spanish Government filed certain Preliminary Objections and asked the Court to adjudge and declare that it has no jurisdiction to entertain or decide the claims advanced in the Application and the Memorial of the Belgian Government, and that the Application is inadmissible;

Whereas, accordingly, by virtue of the provisions of Article 62, paragraph 3, of the Rules of Court, the proceedings on the merits are suspended and a time-limit has to be fixed for the presentation [p10] by the other Party of a written statement of its Observations and Submissions on the Preliminary Objections;

Having ascertained the views of the Parties,

Fixes 15 August 1963 as the time-limit within which the Belgian Government may present a written statement of its Observations and Submissions on the Objections raised by the Spanish Government.

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this sixteenth day of March, one thousand nine hundred and sixty-three, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Belgian Government and to the Spanish Government, respectively.

(Signed) B. Winiarski,

(Signed) Garnier-Coignet,