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11 September 2003


General List No. 125


international Court of Justice


Frontier Dispute








BEFORE: President: Guillaume
Citation: Frontier Dispute (Benin v. Niger), 2003 I.C.J. 155 (Order of Sept. 11)

The President of the Chamber of the International Court of Justice formed to deal with the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Benin/Niger),

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court, and to Articles 18, paragraph 3, 44, 46 and 92 of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Special Agreement signed by the Republic of Benin and the Republic of Niger on 15 June 200 1 and having entered into force on 11 April 2002, by which the Governments of those two States agreed to submit to a Chamber of the Court a dispute concerning "the definitive delimitation of the whole boundary between them",

Having regard to the Order of 27 November 2002, whereby the Court fixed 27 August 2003 as the time-limit for the filing of a Memorial by each of the Parties;

Whereas the Memorials of Benin and Niger hake been filed within the above time-limit ;

Whereas Article 3, paragraph 1 (h), of the above-mentioned Special Agreement provides that a Counter-Memorial shall be submitted by each of the Parties not later than nine months after the exchange of Memorials,

Fixes 28 May 2004 as the time-limit for the filing of a Counter-Memorial by each Party; and

Reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision. [p 156]

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this eleventh day of September, two thousand and three, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted co the Government of the Republic of Benin and the Government of the Republic of Niger, respectively.

(Signed) Gilbert Guillaume,
President of the Chamber.

(Signed) Philippe Couvreur,