17 October 2008

 

General List No. 141

 
     

international Court of Justice

     
     
     

Accordance with International Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo

 

 

 

     
     
 

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BEFORE: President: Higgins
   
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Citation: Accordance with Intíl Law of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence by the Provisional Inst. of Self-Govít of Kosovo, 2008 I.C.J. (Order of Oct. 17)
 
     
 
 
     
 

The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above,

After deliberation,

Having regard to Articles 48, 65 and 66 of the Statute of the Court and to Articles 104 and 105 of the Rules of Court,

Makes the following Order:

Whereas on 8 October 2008 the United Nations General Assembly adopted, at the 22nd meeting of its Sixty-third Session, resolution 63/3 (A/63/L.2), by which it decided, pursuant to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, to request the International Court of Justice to render an advisory opinion on the following question:

ďIs the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?Ē;

Whereas certified true copies of the English and French texts of that resolution were transmitted to the Court under cover of a letter from the Secretary-General of the United Nations dated 9 October 2008 and received by facsimile on 10 October 2008;

Whereas the Secretary-General indicated in his letter that, pursuant to Article 65, paragraph 2, of the Statute, all documents likely to throw light upon the question would be transmitted to the Court as soon as possible;

Whereas, by letters dated 10 October 2008, the Registrar gave notice of the request for an advisory opinion to all States entitled to appear before the Court, pursuant to Article 66, paragraph 1, of the Statute,

1. Decides that the United Nations and its Member States are considered likely to be able to furnish information on the question submitted to the Court for an advisory opinion;

2. Fixes 17 April 2009 as the time-limit within which written statements on the question may be presented to the Court, in accordance with Article 66, paragraph 2, of the Statute;

3. Fixes 17 July 2009 as the time-limit within which States and organizations having presented written statements may submit written comments on the other written statements, in accordance with Article 66, paragraph 4, of the Statute;

4. Decides further that, taking account of the fact that the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo of 17 February 2008 is the subject of the question submitted to the Court for an advisory opinion, the authors of the above declaration are considered likely to be able to furnish information on the question; and decides therefore to invite them to make written contributions to the Court within the above time-limits; 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 seventeenth day of October, two thousand and eight.

(Signed) Rosalyn HIGGINS,
President.

(Signed) Philippe COUVREUR,
Registrar.
 

 
     

 

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