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Northern Cameroons (Cameroon v. United Kingdom)

Overview of the case

The Republic of Cameroon claimed that the United Kingdom had violated the Trusteeship Agreement for the Territory of the Cameroons under British administration (divided into the Northern and the Southern Cameroons) by creating such conditions that the Trusteeship had led to the attachment of the Northern Cameroons to Nigeria instead of to the Republic of Cameroon, the territory of which had previously been administered by France and to which the Southern Cameroons had been attached. The United Kingdom raised preliminary objections to the Court’s jurisdiction. The Court found that to adjudicate on the merits would be devoid of purpose since, as the Republic of Cameroon had recognized, its judgment thereon could not affect the decision of the General Assembly providing for the attachment of the Northern Cameroons to Nigeria in accordance with the results of a plebiscite supervised by the United Nations. Accordingly, by a Judgment of 2 December 1963, the Court found that it could not adjudicate upon the merits of the claim.


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

Institution of proceedings

Written proceedings

Memorial of the Government of the Federal Republic of Cameroon
(French version only)

12 December 1961
Available in:
French

Oral proceedings

Verbatim record 1963/1

Minutes of the Public Hearings held at the Peace Palace, The Hague, from 19 September to 3 October and on 2 December 1963, the President, M. Winiarski, presiding
Procedure(s): Preliminary objections
Available in:
Original Language

Other documents

Orders

Order of 6 July 1961

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

Order of 2 November 1961

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

Order of 25 April 1962

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

Order of 10 July 1962

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

Order of 3 September 1962

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

Order of 27 November 1962

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

Order of 11 January 1963

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

Judgments

Summaries of Judgments and Orders

Summary 1963/1

Summary of the Judgment of 2 December 1963
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Press releases

Press release 1961/16

1 June 1961
Northern Cameroons - The Government of the Republic of Cameroon files an Application instituting proceedings against the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Available in:
English French

Press release 1961/17

10 July 1961
Northern Cameroons - Time-limits for Pleadings
Available in:
English French

Press release 1961/18

8 November 1961
Northern Cameroons - Extension of the time-limits for the filing of the Memorial and Counter-Memorial
Available in:
English French

Press release 1962/18

11 July 1962
Northern Cameroons - Extension of the time-limit for the filing of the Counter-Memorial of the United Kingdom
Available in:
English French

Press release 1962/22

14 September 1962
Northern Cameroons - The United Kingdom Government presents a preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Court
Available in:
English French

Press release 1962/30

29 November 1962
Northern Cameroons - Extension of the time-limit for the filing of the Observations and Submissions of Cameroon on the United Kingdom's Preliminary Objection
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/1

14 January 1963
Northern Cameroons - Extension of the time-limit for the filing by Cameroon of its Observations and Submissions on the United Kingdom's Preliminary Objection
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/4

9 July 1963
Northern Cameroons - The hearings on the Preliminary Objection will begin on 19 September 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/5

11 September 1963
Northern Cameroons - Representatives of the Parties at the hearings
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/6

19 September 1963
Northern Cameroons - Hearing of 19 September 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/8

23 September 1963
Northern Cameroons - Hearings of 19 to 23 September 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/9

27 September 1963
Northern Cameroons - Hearings of 25, 26 and 27 September 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/10

1 October 1963
Northern Cameroons - Hearings 30 September and 1 October 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/11

3 October 1963
Northern Cameroons - Hearings of 3 October 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/12

26 November 1963
Northern Cameroons - The Court will deliver its Judgment on the Preliminary Objections on 2 December 1963
Available in:
English French

Press release 1963/14

2 December 1963
Northern Cameroons - Judgment (Preliminary Objections)
Available in:
English French

Correspondence

Correspondence

30 May 1961
Correspondence
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