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Last days for Guatemala to submit its final claim against Belize

Seven days remain for Guatemala to submit its final claim against Belize to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).  December 8 is the deadline for the submission after the court had granted a three-month extension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Once the claim is submitted Belize will have a clear understanding of what portion of the country Guatemala is claiming to be theirs.  Meanwhile, Belize is reported well-armed with a 9-member team consisting of three senior counsels, three junior counsels, two support counsels and a hydrographer/geographer.   On the Senior Counsel team are Queen’s Counsel Sam Woodsworth of Essex Court Chambers who specializes in public international law and international arbitration along with Queen’s Counsel Ben Juratowitch who is the head of public international law practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the United Kingdom.  Juratowitch has appeared before international courts and tribunals for disputes between states and has served as counsel before the ICJ and the European Court of Human Rights.  The third party on the senior counsel team is Mathias Forteau, a member of the International Law Commission and has served since 1988 as Advocate-Counsel for several states before the ICJ.  By order of the ICJ, Belize will have until 2022 to submit its counter-claim to the court.