The International Court of Justice (ICJ) holds hearings in the case Qatar v. United Arab Emirates – second round of oral observations of Qatar

Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates)

Fixing of time-limit for the filing by Qatar of a written statement of its observations and submissions on the preliminary objections raised by the United Arab Emirates

THE HAGUE, 10 May 2019.

By an Order dated 2 May 2019, the President of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has fixed the time-limit within which Qatar may present a written statement of its observations and submissions on the preliminary objections raised by the United Arab Emirates (the “UAE”) in the case concerning Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. United Arab Emirates).

In his Order, the President recalls that, on 25 July 2018, he had fixed 25 April 2019 and 27 January 2020 as the respective time-limits for the filing of a Memorial by Qatar and a Counter-Memorial by the UAE, and that the Memorial of Qatar was filed within the time-limit thus fixed.

The President also recalls that, on 30 April 2019, the UAE raised certain preliminary objections to the jurisdiction of the Court and the admissibility of the Application and that, in accordance with Article 79, paragraph 5, of the Rules of Court, the proceedings on the merits have therefore been suspended.

Pursuant to that same provision, the President, by the said Order, has fixed 30 August 2019 as the time-limit within which Qatar may present a written statement of its observations and submissions on the preliminary objections raised by the UAE.

It is further explained in the Order that that date has been fixed taking account in particular of Practice Direction V, according to which the time-limit for the presentation of such a written statement shall generally not exceed four months from the date of the filing of preliminary objections.

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