ICJ opens public hearings in Peru-Chile maritime dispute

Tuesday, December 04, 2012
[PHOTO: UNifeed] 
The Hague, Netherlands: The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, on Monday opened public hearings in the case concerning the maritime dispute between Peru  and  Chile.

This session is taking place, exceptionally, in the auditorium of The Hague Academy of International Law. These hearings will last until Friday 14 December 2012.

Monday and Tuesday, the Applicant State (Peru) is making its first round of oral Argument. Chile (the Respondent State) will have Thursday and Friday for its own first round.

The second and final round will take place on Tuesday 11 December (for Peru) and on Friday 14 December (for Chile).

On 16 January 2008, Peru filed an Application instituting proceedings against Chile.  

According to the Applicant, "the dispute between Peru and Chile concerns the delimitation of the boundary between the maritime zones of the two States in the Pacific Ocean, beginning at a point on the coast called Concordia according to the Treat y of 3 June 1929.  The dispute between Peru and Chile also involves the recognition in favour of Peru of a large maritime zone lying within 200 nautical miles of Peru's coast, and thus appertaining to Peru, but which Chile considers to be part of the high seas." -UNifeed
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