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26 June 1992


General List No. 87


international Court of Justice


Maritime Delimitation and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain








BEFORE: President: R. Y. Jennings
Citation: Maritime Delimitation and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain (Qatar v. Bahr.), 1992 I.C.J. 237 (Order of June 26)


The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above,

After deliberation,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 31, 44 and 45, paragraph 2, of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Application of the State of Qatar filed in the Registry of the Court on 8 July 1991, instituting proceedings against the State of Bahrain in respect of certain disputes between the two States relating to sovereignty over the Hawar islands, sovereign rights over the shoals of Dibal and Quit'at Jaradah, and the delimitation of the maritime areas of the two States;

Having regard to the Order of 11 October 1991, by which the President of the Court fixed 10 February 1992 and 11 June 1992 as time-limits for the Memorial of the State of Qatar and the Counter-Memorial of the State of [p 238] Bahrain, respectively, on the questions of the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the dispute and of the admissibility of the Application, which pleadings were duly filed within the time-limits fixed;

Whereas in the present case the filing of further pleadings by the Parties is necessary;

Having ascertained the views of the Parties,

Directs that a Reply by the Applicant and a Rejoinder by the Respondent shall be filed on the questions of jurisdiction and admissibility;

Fixes the following time-limits for these pleadings:

28 September 1992 for the Reply of the State of Qatar;
29 December 1992 for the Rejoinder of the State of Bahrain; 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-sixth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the State of Qatar and the Government of the State of Bahrain, respectively.

(Signed) R. Y.Jennings,

(Signed) Eduardo Valencia-Ospina,