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21 March 1984


General List No. 68


international Court of Justice


Continental Shelf








BEFORE: President: T. O. Elias
Citation: Continental Shelf (Libya v. Malta), 1984 I.C.J. 162 (Order of Mar. 21)


The President of the International Court of Justice,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 44 and 46 of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Special Agreement concluded on 23 May 1976 between the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Republic of Malta, concerning the continental shelf, notified to the Court on 26 July 1982,

Having regard to the Order of 26 April 1983 fixing 26 October 1983 as the time-limit for the Counter-Memorial of each Party;

Whereas the Counter-Memorial of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and the Counter-Memorial of the Republic of Malta were each filed within the said time-limit;

Having regard to the Judgment of the Court dated 21 March 1984 by which the Court found that an Application submitted by the Italian Republic for permission to intervene in this case, under Article 62 of the Statute of the Court, could not be granted;

Whereas Article II, paragraph 2 (c), of the said Special Agreement provides that, after the submission of Memorials and Counter-Memorials:

"Additional written pleadings may be presented and exchanged in the same manner within periods which shall be fixed by the Court at the request of one of the Parties, or if the Court so decides after consultation with the two Parties";

Whereas at a meeting with the President of the Court on 21 March 1984 [p 163]the Agents of the two Parties stated that it was the desire of both Parties that one additional pleading by each Party should be submitted, within the same time-limit,

Decides that a further pleading (Reply) may be filed by the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and by the Republic of Malta;

Fixes 12 July 1984 as the time-limit for the filing of such Replies; and

Reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision.

Done in English and in French, the English text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this twenty-first day of March one thousand nine hundred and eighty-four, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court, and the others transmitted to the Government of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya and to the Government of the Republic of Malta respectively.

(Signed) T.O.Elias,

(Signed) Santiago Torres Bernerdez,