Schedule of Hearings

Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives)

Further to consultations held between the President of the Special Chamber and the representatives of the Parties on 1 September 2020, the schedule of the hearing is as follows:

First round of oral argument: 13–15 October 2020 (Hamburg time)

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 2–3:30 pm, 4–5 pm and 5:30–7 pm: Maldives

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 2–3:30 pm, 4–5 pm and 5:30–7 pm: Mauritius

Second round of oral argument: 17–19 October 2020 (Hamburg time)

Saturday, 17 October 2020, 2–3:30 pm and 4–5 pm (if needed): Maldives

Monday, 19 October 2020, 2–3:30 pm and 4–5 pm (if needed): Mauritius

Public access to the Courtroom will not be permitted but the hearing will be broadcast live.

Attending a hearing

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  • Hearings are held in the Tribunal's two official languages, English and French. Simultaneous interpretation into the other language is provided. Headphones are available in the entrance hall of the Tribunal.
  • Hearings generally last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a break from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a break from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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  • Smoking is not permitted in the building. No food or drink is allowed in the courtroom.
  • Anybody causing disruption to the hearing will be requested to leave the courtroom.

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