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

Overview of the case

This case arose out of the destruction by Bulgarian anti-aircraft defence forces of an aircraft belonging to an Israeli airline which was the subject of the proceedings concerning the Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (Israel v. Bulgaria). The aircraft destroyed by Bulgarian anti-aircraft defence forces was carrying several nationals of the United Kingdom and colonies, who all lost their lives. The United Kingdom asked the Court to find Bulgaria liable for the losses thereby caused and to award damages. After filing a Memorial, however, the United Kingdom informed the Court that it wished to discontinue the proceedings in view of the decision of 26 May 1959 whereby the Court found that it lacked jurisdiction in the case brought by Israel.


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

Institution of proceedings

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Orders

Order of 26 November 1957

Fixing of time-limit: Memorial
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Order of 27 January 1958

Fixing of time-limit: Counter-Memorial
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Order of 19 May 1958

Extension of time-limits: Memorial and Counter-Memorial
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Order of 27 May 1959

Extension of time-limit: Counter-Memorial
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Order of 3 August 1959

Removal from the list
Procedure(s): Discontinuance
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Press releases

Press release 1957/45

23 November 1957
The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland files an Application instituting proceedings against the People's Republic of Bulgaria
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Press release 1959/31

28 May 1959
Aerial incident of 27 July 1955 (United Kingdom v. Bulgaria) - Extension of the time-limit for the deposit of the Counter-Memorial of the Government of Bulgaria
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English French

Press release 1959/35

18 August 1959
Aerial incident of 27 July 1955 (United Kingdom v. Bulgaria) - The case is removed from the Court's List
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English French

Correspondence

Correspondence

21 November 1957
Correspondence
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