Monday, August 3, 2009

International Court of Justice sets date for public hearings on Kosovo independence


The Hague, 29 July 2009. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced that it will hold public hearings starting on 1 December 2009 on the question of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence early last year. The United Nations and individual Member States will be able to present oral statements and comments at the ICJ’s headquarters in The Hague, as will the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) of Kosovo.

On 8 October 2008, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted resolution 63/3 (A/63/L.2) in which, referring to Article 65 of the Statute of the Court, it requested the Court to render an advisory opinion on the following question :

"Is the unilateral declaration of independence by the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government of Kosovo in accordance with international law?"

Some 36 Member States and the authors of the unilateral declaration of independence by the PISG have already filed written statements on the question, and they have until 15 September to indicate to the ICJ whether they wish to participate in the public hearings. Fourteen States and the authors of the unilateral declaration of independence by the PISG have also submitted written comments on the other written statements.

Peace Palace Library keywords : Kosovo and Independence

ICJ on this case, see website

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