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Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgium v. Spain)

Overview of the case

On 23 September 1958, Belgium instituted proceedings against Spain in connection with the adjudication in bankruptcy in Spain, in 1948, of the above-named company, formed in Toronto in 1911. The Application stated that the company’s share-capital belonged largely to Belgian nationals and claimed that the acts of organs of the Spanish State whereby the company had been declared bankrupt and liquidated were contrary to international law and that Spain, as responsible for the resultant damage, was under an obligation either to restore or to pay compensation for the liquidated assets. In May 1960, Spain filed preliminary objections to the jurisdiction of the Court, but before the time-limit fixed for its observations and submissions thereon Belgium informed the Court that it did not intend to go on with the proceedings. Accordingly, the case was removed from the List by an Order of 10 April 1961.


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

Institution of proceedings

Application instituting proceedings (French version only)
(French version only)

23 September 1958
Available in:
French

Written proceedings

Memorial of the Belgian Government
(French version only)

15 June 1959
Available in:
French

Preliminary Objections filed by the Spanish Government
(French version only)

21 May 1960
Procedure(s): Preliminary objections
Available in:
French

Orders

Order of 18 October 1958

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

Order of 5 December 1959

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

Order of 20 June 1960

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

Order of 11 November 1960

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

Order of 10 April 1961

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

Press releases

Press release 1958/12

25 September 1958
The Government of the Kingdom of Belgium instituting proceedings against the Spanish State
Available in:
English French

Press release 1959/53

8 December 1959
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - Extension of the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of the Spanish Government
Available in:
English French

Press release 1960/12

23 May 1960
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - The Spanish Government presents Preliminary Objections to the jurisdiction of the Court
Available in:
English French

Press release 1960/18

22 June 1960
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - Time-limit within which Belgium may present a written statement of its observations and submissions on the objections
Available in:
English French

Press release 1960/29

12 November 1960
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - The Court extends the time-limit for the filing of the observations and submissions of the Belgian Government on the Preliminary exceptions
Available in:
English French

Press release 1961/6

10 April 1961
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - The case is removed from the Court's List
Available in:
English French

Press release 1962/17

21 June 1962
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - The Belgian Government files an Application instituting new proceedings concerning the dispute between the Belgian Government and the Spanish Government
Available in:
English French

Press release 1962/21

16 August 1962
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company - Time-limits for the filing of Pleadings
Available in:
English French

Press release 1966/2
(French version only)

24 January 1966
Barcelona Traction Light and Power Company, Limited (nouvelle requête: 1962) opposant la Belgique et l'Espagne (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1966/8

19 December 1966
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (new application: 1962) (Belgium v. Spain) - Request for extension of the time limit for the filing of the reply
Available in:
English French

Press release 1967/8
(French version only)

17 May 1967
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (nouvelle requête: 1962) - Dépôt de la réplique de la Belgique (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1967/10
(French version only)

21 September 1967
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (nouvelle requête: 1962) (Belgique c. Espagne) - Délai pour le dépôt de la duplique (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1968/5
(French version only)

5 June 1968
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (nouvelle requête: 1962) (Belgique c. Espagne) - Demande de délai pour le dépôt de la duplique (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/3
(French version only)

3 March 1969
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgique c. Espagne) - Ouverture des audiences publiques le 15 avril 1969 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/4
(French version only)

11 April 1969
Ouverture des audiences dans l'affaire de la Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgique c. Espagne) (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/5
(French version only)

15 April 1969
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgique c. Espagne) - Ouverture de la procédure orale (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/7
(French version only)

14 May 1969
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgique c. Espagne) - Fin du premier tour de plaidoiries (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/8
(French version only)

20 May 1969
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited - Début du tour de plaidoiries du Gouvernement espagnol (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/11
(French version only)

20 June 1969
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited - Fin du premier tour de plaidoiries du Gouvernement espagnol (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1969/12
(French version only)

23 July 1969
Clôture de la procédure orale dans l'affaire de la Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (Belgique c. Espagne) (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1970/1
(French version only)

30 January 1970
Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (nouvelle requête: 1962) (Belgique c. Espagne) - Le rendu de l'arrêt aura lieu le 5 février 1970 (French version only)
Available in:
French

Press release 1970/2
(French version only)

5 February 1970
La Cour internationale de Justice rend son arrêt dans l'affaire de la Barcelona Traction, Light and Power Company, Limited (French version only)
Available in:
French

Correspondence

Correspondence

23 September 1958
Correspondence
Available in:
English French