The International Court of Justice has appointed the second round of written pleadings in Ukraine's case against Russia for systematic violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. The decision was published today, October 15, on the website of the International Court of Justice, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports.
According to the court's decision, Ukraine must respond to Russia's counter-memorandum by April 8, 2022, after which Russia must submit its written document by December 8, 2022. After the parties have submitted final written objections, the Court will set a date for an oral hearing on the merits and reach a final decision.
The court's decision to initiate a second round of written explanations was preceded by consultations between the parties' representatives and the President of the Court on September 30, 2021. Ukraine insisted on setting a date as soon as possible for objections to factual and legal counter-arguments.
Earlier, on January 16, 2017, Ukraine filed a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice against the Russian Federation in connection with violations of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
On September 12, 2018, Russia submitted its objections to the UN International Court of Justice, stating that the Court has no jurisdiction to rule on the Application filed by Ukraine.
In its ruling of November 8, 2019, the UN International Court of Justice rejected all Russia's objections on admissibility.
In addition, on October 11 this year, The Hague began hearings the case of Russia's illegal detention of three Ukrainian naval ships and 24 crew members who were passing through the Kerch Strait in 2018.