ICJ sets closure date for hearings in Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute


The International Court of Justice on Wednesday announced closure date for the public hearings of the Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute.

In a statement, the Hague based court said the hearing should end on November 8, 2019.

“…the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia vs Kenya), from Monday 4 to Friday 8 November 2019 at the Peace Palace in The Hague, the seat of the Court.”

Last week, the Court had agreed to reschedule the sessions after Kenya asked for time to recruit a new legal defense team.

“The hearings in this case have been rescheduled further to the request made by the Republic of Kenya on 3 September 2019 and taking into account the views expressed by the Federal Republic of Somalia on that request,” ICJ added.

The Court had only announced the hearings were to start on November 4.

Source: The East Africa