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Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom)

Overview of the case

In 1919, Nicolas Ambatielos, a Greek shipowner, entered into a contract for the purchase of ships with the Government of the United Kingdom. He claimed he had suffered damage through the failure of that Government to carry out the terms of the contract and as a result of certain judgments given against him by the English courts in circumstances said to involve the violation of international law. The Greek Government took up the case of its national and claimed that the United Kingdom was under a duty to submit the dispute to arbitration in accordance with Treaties between the United Kingdom and Greece of 1886 and 1926. The United Kingdom objected to the Court’s jurisdiction. In a Judgment of 1 July 1952, the Court held that it had jurisdiction to decide whether the United Kingdom was under a duty to submit the dispute to arbitration but, on the other hand, that it had no jurisdiction to deal with the merits of the Ambatielos claim. In a further Judgment of 19 May 1953, the Court decided that the dispute was one which the United Kingdom was under a duty to submit to arbitration in accordance with the Treaties of 1886 and 1926.


This overview is provided for information only and in no way involves the responsibility of the Court.

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Memorial submitted on behalf of the Hellenic Government
(French version only)

30 August 1951
Available in:
French

Memorial on the Reply by the Hellenic Government
(French version only)

3 October 1952
Available in:
French

Oral proceedings

Verbatim record 1952

Minutes of the Public Sittings held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, on May 15th to 17th, and July 1st 1952, the Vice-President, M. Guerrero, acting President, presiding
Procedure(s): Preliminary objections
Available in:
Original Language

Verbatim record 1953

Minutes of the Public Sittings held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, from March 23th to 30th and on May 19th, 1953, the Vice-President, M. Guerrero, acting as President
Available in:
Original Language

Other documents

Orders

Order of 18 May 1951

Fixing of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 30 July 1951

Extension of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 9 November 1951

Extension of time-limit: Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 16 January 1952

Extension of time-limit: Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 14 February 1952

Fixing of time-limit: Written Statement of observations and submissions on Preliminary objection
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Order of 18 July 1952

Fixing of time-limits: Reply and Rejoinder
Available in:
English French Bilingual

Judgments

Summaries of Judgments and Orders

Summary 1952/1

Summary of the Judgment of 1 July 1952
Available in:
English French

Summary 1953/1

Summary of the Judgment of 19 May 1953
Available in:
English French

Press releases

Press release 1951/8

13 April 1951
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Greece files an Application instituting proceedings against the United Kingdom
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English French

Press release 1952/4

10 April 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - The opening of oral proceedings has been fixed for May 15th, 1952
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/7

12 May 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Representatives of the two Governments at the oral proceedings
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/8

15 May 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sitting of May 15th, 1952
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/9

16 May 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sitting of May 16th, 1952
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/10

17 May 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sitting of May 17th, 1952
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/13

26 June 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - The Court will pronounce its Judgment on Tuesday, July 1st
Available in:
English French

Press release 1952/14

1 July 1952
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Judgment
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/1

17 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Representatives of the two Governments for the oral proceedings
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/2

23 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Hearing of March 23rd, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/3

24 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Hearing of March 24th, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/4

25 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sittings of March 25th, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/5

26 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sitting of March 26th, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/6

27 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Hearing of March 27th, 1953
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English French

Press release 1953/7

28 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Hearings of March 28th, 1953
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English French

Press release 1953/8

30 March 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Sittings of March 30th, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/9

13 May 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - The Court will pronounce its Judgment on Tuesday, May 19th, 1953
Available in:
English French

Press release 1953/11

19 May 1953
Ambatielos (Greece v. United Kingdom) - Judgment
Available in:
English

Correspondence

Correspondence

9 April 1951
Correspondence
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