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19 November 2004


General List No. 132


international Court of Justice


Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea








BEFORE: President: Shi
Citation: Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Rom. v. Ukr.), 2004 I.C.J. (Order of Nov. 19)
Represented By: Romania: H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu;
H.E. Mr. Iulian Buga;
Mr. Cosmin Dinescu;

Ukraine: H.E. Mr. Olexander Motsyk;
H.E. Mr. Dmytro Markov;
Mr. Volodymyr Krokhmal.


The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 31, 44, 45, paragraph 1, and 48 of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Application filed in the Registry of the Court on 16 September 2004, whereby Romania instituted proceedings against Ukraine in respect of a dispute concerning "the establishment of a single maritime boundary between the two States in the Black Sea, thereby delimiting the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zones appertaining to them";

Whereas on 16 September 2004 a certified copy of the Application was transmitted to Ukraine;

Whereas Romania has appointed H.E. Mr. Bogdan Aurescu as Agent and H.E. Mr. Iulian Buga and Mr. Cosmin Dinescu as Co-Agents; and whereas Ukraine has appointed H.E. Mr. Olexander Motsyk as Agent and H.E. Mr. Dmytro Markov and Mr. Volodymyr Krokhmal as Co-Agents;

Whereas, at a meeting held by the President of the Court with the Agents of the Parties on 25 [p2] October 2004, Romania suggested that each of the Parties should be allowed a period of six months for the preparation of its pleading; and whereas Ukraine stated that it desired a period of one year from the filing of Romania?s Memorial for the preparation of its Counter-Memorial;

Taking into account the views of the Parties,

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

19 August 2005 for the Memorial of Romania;
19 May 2006 for the Counter-Memorial of Ukraine; 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 nineteenth day of November, two thousand and four, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of Romania and the Government of Ukraine, respectively.

(Signed) SHI Jiuyong,
(Signed) Philippe COUVREUR,