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5 February 2003


General List No. 128


international Court of Justice


Avena and Other Mexican Nationals





United States



BEFORE: President: Guillaume
Citation: Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mex. v. U.S.), 2003 I.C.J. 96 (Order of Feb. 5)

The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above,

After deliberation,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court, and to Articles 44 and 45, paragraph 1, of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Application filed in the Registry of the Court on 9 January 2003, whereby the United Mexican States instituted proceedings against the United States of America for "violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations" of 24 April 1963 allegedly committed by the United States of America,

Having regard to the request for the indication of provisional measures submitted by the United Mexican States on 9 January 2003,

Having regard to the Order of 5 February 2003 whereby the Court indicated certain provisional measures;

Whereas in that Order the Court stated that "it is clearly in the interest [p 97] of both Parties that their respective rights and obligations be determined definitively as early as possible" and that "it is therefore appropriate that the Court, with the co-operation of the Parties, ensure that a final judgment be reached with all possible expedition";

Whereas, in order to ascertain the views of the Parties, the President of the Court met their representatives on 5 February 2003;

Taking account of the views of the Parties,

Fixes the following time-limits for the filing of the written pleadings:

6 June 2003 for the Memorial of the United Mexican States;

6 October 2003 for the Counter-Memorial of the United States of America; and

Reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision.

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this fifth day of February, two thousand and three, 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 Mexican States and the Government of the United States of America, respectively.

(Signed) Gilbert Guillaume,

(Signed) Philippe Couvreur,