Relationship with the United Nations

Relationship Agreement

The Agreement on Cooperation and Relationship between the United Nations and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was signed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Tribunal on 18 December 1997 in New York. It entered into force on 8 September 1998. It establishes a mechanism for cooperation between the two institutions.

United Nations Appeals Tribunal

An agreement between the Tribunal and the United Nations Appeals Tribunal was concluded and signed by the President of the Tribunal on 23 June 2010 and by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 13 July 2010. The Agreement extends the competence of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal to the Tribunal with respect to applications alleging non-compliance with the terms of appointment or contracts of employment of staff members of the Registry.

United Nations General Assembly

Observer Status

At its fifty-first session, the General Assembly of the United Nations granted observer status to the Tribunal (General Assembly resolution A/RES/51/204 of 17 December 1996). Observer status enables the Tribunal to participate in the meetings and the work of the General Assembly when matters of relevance to the Tribunal are being considered.

General Assembly resolutions and decisions relating to Oceans and the Law of the Sea