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Application for revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore)

See also Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore)

Overview of the case

On 2 February 2017, Malaysia filed an Application for revision of the Judgment rendered by the Court on 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore). In that Judgment, the Court had found that (1) sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belonged to Singapore; (2) sovereignty over Middle Rocks belonged to Malaysia; and (3) sovereignty over South Ledge belonged to the State in the territorial waters of which it was located.

Malaysia’s Application, which was filed on the basis of Article 61 of the Statute, sought revision of the Court’s finding concerning sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, contending that “there exists a new fact of such a nature as to be a decisive factor within the meaning of Article 61 […]”. In particular, the Applicant refers to three documents discovered in the National Archives of the United Kingdom during the period from 4 August 2016 to 30 January 2017, namely internal correspondence of the Singapore colonial authorities in 1958, an incident report filed in 1958 by a British naval officer and an annotated map of naval operations from the 1960s.

In a letter dated 28 May 2018, the Co-Agent of Malaysia notified the Court that the Parties had agreed to discontinue the proceedings in the case. A copy of that letter was communicated to the Agent of Singapore who, by a letter dated 29 May 2018, confirmed his Government’s agreement to the discontinuance of the proceedings.

On 29 May 2018, the Court made an Order recording the discontinuance, following the agreement of the Parties, of the proceedings instituted on 2 February 2017 by Malaysia against Singapore, and directed the removal of the case from the List.


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

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Written Observations of Singapore

Procedure(s): Questions of jurisdiction and/or admissibility
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Written Comments of Singapore on the Additional Written Observations of Malaysia

Procedure(s): Questions of jurisdiction and/or admissibility
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Order of 29 May 2018

Removal from the List
Procedure(s): Discontinuance
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Press release 2017/6

3 February 2017
Malaysia requests a revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008, in which the Court found, inter alia, that sovereignty over the island of Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh belongs to Singapore
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Press release 2018/18

5 April 2018
Application for revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore) - The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 11 to Monday 18 June 2018
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Press release 2018/21

1 June 2018
Application for Revision of the Judgment of 23 May 2008 in the Case concerning Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore) (Malaysia v. Singapore) - Case removed from the Court’s List
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English French