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Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (United States of America v. Bulgaria)

Overview of the case

This case arose out of the incident which was the subject of the proceedings in the case concerning the Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (Israel v. Bulgaria). The aircraft destroyed by Bulgarian anti-aircraft defence forces was carrying several United States nationals, who all lost their lives. Their Government asked the Court to find Bulgaria liable for the losses thereby caused and to award damages. Bulgaria filed preliminary objections to the Court’s jurisdiction, but, before hearings were due to open, the United States informed the Court of its decision, after further consideration, not to proceed with its application. Accordingly, the case was removed from the List by an Order of 30 May 1960.


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

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Preliminary Objections of the Government of the People's Republic of Bulgaria
(French version only)

3 September 1959
Procedure(s): Preliminary objections
Available in:
French

Orders

Order of 26 November 1957

Fixing of time-limit: Memorial
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English French Bilingual

Order of 27 January 1958

Fixing of time-limit: Counter-Memorial
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English French Bilingual

Order of 19 May 1958

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

Order of 12 August 1958

Extension of time-limit: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
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English French Bilingual

Order of 8 October 1958

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

Order of 9 September 1959

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

Order of 23 October 1959

Extension of time-limit: Written Statement of observations and submissions on Preliminary Objections
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English French Bilingual

Order of 30 May 1960

Removal from the list
Procedure(s): Preliminary objections | Discontinuance
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English French Bilingual

Press releases

Press release 1957/43

29 October 1957
The United States Government files an Application instituting proceedings against the People's Republic of Bulgaria
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Press release 1958/5

20 May 1958
Aerial incident of 27 July 1955 (United States of America v. Bulgaria) - Extension of the time-limits for the filing of the pleadings
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English French

Press release 1959/37

11 September 1959
Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (United States of America v. Bulgaria) - The Government of Bulgaria files in the Registry Preliminary Objections to the Court's jurisdiction
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English French

Press release 1960/2

21 March 1960
Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (United States of America v. Bulgaria) - The hearings of the Objections will begin on June 1st, 1960
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English French

Press release 1960/11

19 May 1960
Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (United States of America v. Bulgaria) - The Agent of the Government of the United States advises the Court that his Government desires to discontinue the proceedings
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English French

Correspondence

Correspondence

28 October 1957
Correspondence
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