ICJ to hold public hearings on Somalia-Kenya case on November

The International Court of Justice said it will hold the hearings of the Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean between Somalia and Kenya on November.

The Netherlands based court 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.” Statement from ICJ said.

“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.

ICJ rejected request by Kenya to postpone the case for a year but instead rescheduled for two months following Somalia’s refusal.

Nairobi which showed its dissatisfaction on its legal team has less 50 days to recruit a new team that will take on Mogadishu during the public hearings.

Kenya’s current legal team include American Prof Payam Akhavan, Prof Vaughan Lowe QC from the UK, Prof Alan Boyle (British), Prof Mathias Forteau (French), Mr Karim Khan (British) and Ms Amy Sanders (British).