Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament (Marshall Islands v Pakistan). As explained in the press release of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), 14 July 2015. The President of the ICJ, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, by an Order dated 9 July 2015, has extended from 17 July 2015 to 1 December 2015 the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the questions of the jurisdiction of the Court and the admissibility of the Application in the case of Obligations concerning Negotiations relating to Cessation of the Nuclear Arms Race and to Nuclear Disarmament (Marshall Islands v Pakistan). The history of the proceedings can be found in the ICJ’s 2013-2014 Annual Report (paragraphs 214-218), which can be found on its website under “The Court/Annual Reports/2013-2014”. The full text of the Order of 9 July 2015 is available on the Court’s website under “Cases/Contentious Cases”. The ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the United Nations Charter in June 1945 and began its activities in April 1946. The ICJ’s seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). Extension of the time-limit for the filing of Pakistan’s Counter-Memorial. Latest developments in the case:
- 14/07/2015 – Press Release 2015/19 – Extension of the time−limit for the filing of Pakistan’s Counter−Memorial PDF 199.2 Kb
- 09/07/2015 – Order – Extends the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial PDF 81 Kb
- 11/07/2014 – Press Release 2014/23 – Fixing of time-limits for the filing of written pleadings on the questions of the Courts jurisdiction and the admissibility of the Application PDF 204.6 Kb
- 10/07/2014 – Order – Fixing of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial PDF 94.5 Kb
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The subsequent procedure has been reserved for further decision.
The decision to extend the time-limit was made taking account of the views of the Parties.
In his Order, the President indicates that, by a Note Verbale dated 2 July 2015, the Government of Pakistan requested a six-month extension of the time-limit for the filing of its Counter-Memorial on the questions of the jurisdiction of the Court and the admissibility of the Application.
The President also indicates that, by a letter dated 8 July 2015, the Government of the Marshall Islands informed the Court that, for the reasons given in that letter, it “would be comfortable with the Court’s expanding the initial six-month time-limit [for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of Pakistan] to nine months in total, counting from the [date of the filing of the Marshall Islands’] Memorial”.