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Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)

Overview of the case

On 20 July 2010, Burkina Faso and Niger jointly submitted a frontier dispute between them to the Court, pursuant to a Special Agreement signed in Niamey on 24 February 2009 and which entered into force on 20 November 2009. In Article 2 of the Special Agreement, the Court was requested in particular to determine the course of the boundary between the two countries in the sector from the astronomic marker of Tong-Tong to the beginning of the Botou bend.

In its Judgment of 16 April 2013, the Court first observed that Article 6 of the Special Agreement, entitled “Applicable Law”, highlighted, amongst the rules of international law applicable to the dispute, “the principle of the intangibility of boundaries inherited from colonization and the Agreement of 28 March 1987”. It noted that the first two Articles of that Agreement specify the acts and documents of the French colonial administration which must be used to determine the delimitation line that existed when the two countries gained independence. It then interpreted and applied the relevant instruments to determine the frontier in the sector in question.

he Court decided that, having regard to the circumstances of the case, it would nominate at a later date, by means of an Order, the experts requested by the Parties in Article 7, paragraph 4, of the Special Agreement to assist them in the demarcation of their frontier in the area in dispute. By an Order of 12 July 2013, the Court nominated the said three experts. The case was thus completed and was removed from the Court’s List.


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

Institution of proceedings

Special Agreement

21 July 2010
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Written proceedings

Memorial of Niger

20 April 2011
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Oral proceedings

Verbatim record 2012/19

Public sitting held on Monday 8 October 2012, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/20

Public sitting held on Monday 8 October 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/21

Public sitting held on Tuesday 9 October 2012, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/22

Public sitting held on Thursday 11 October 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/23

Public sitting held on Friday 12 October 2012, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/24

Public sitting held on Friday 12 October 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Translation
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Verbatim record 2012/25

Public sitting held on Monday 15 October 2012, at 10 a.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Verbatim record 2012/26

Public sitting held on Wednesday 17 October 2012, at 3 p.m., at the Peace Palace, President Tomka presiding, in the case concerning the Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger)
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Translation
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Summary 2013/1

Summary of the Judgment of 16 April 2013
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Press release 2010/24

21 July 2010
Burkina Faso and Niger jointly submit a frontier dispute to the International Court of Justice
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Press release 2010/31

17 September 2010
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - Fixing of time-limits for the filing of the initial pleadings
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Press release 2012/14

22 March 2012
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - The Court to hold public hearings from Monday 8 to Wednesday 17 October 2012
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Press release 2012/25

19 September 2012
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - Live web streaming of the public hearings which will be held from Monday 8 to Wednesday 17 October 2012 - Schedule for the hearings
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Press release 2012/29

4 October 2012
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - Broadcasting of the hearings online - Testing of the Court’s new web streaming system
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Press release 2012/30

17 October 2012
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - Conclusion of the public hearings - Court to begin its deliberation
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Press release 2013/5

8 April 2013
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - The Court to deliver its Judgment on Tuesday 16 April 2013 at 10 a.m.
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Press release 2013/8

16 April 2013
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - The Court determines the course of the frontier between the two States in the sector running from the astronomic marker of Tong-Tong to the beginning of the Botou bend
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Press release 2013/17

22 July 2013
Frontier Dispute (Burkina Faso/Niger) - The Court nominates experts to assist the Parties in the demarcation of their frontier
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