Chambers

Seabed Disputes Chamber and Ad Hoc Chambers of the Seabed Disputes Chamber 

The Seabed Disputes Chamber is established in accordance with Part XI, section 5, of the Convention and article 14 of the Statute. The Chamber has jurisdiction in disputes with respect to activities in the International Seabed Area.

The Chamber is composed of 11 judges. A quorum of seven members is required to constitute the Chamber. Members of the Chamber are selected by the members of the Tribunal every three years and may be selected for a second term. The selection process ensures the representation of the principal legal systems of the world and equitable geographical distribution. The Chamber elects its President from among its members (Statute, article 35). The composition of the Chamber in order of precedence for the period ending 30 September 2017 is as follows: 

President: José Luis Jesus

Members:

  • Joseph Akl
  • Tafsir Malick Ndiaye
  • Jean-Pierre Cot
  • Anthony Amos Lucky
  • Stanislaw Pawlak
  • Shunji Yanai
  • James L. Kateka
  • Jin-Hyun Paik
  • Elsa Kelly
  • David Joseph Attard

Any party to a dispute over which the Seabed Disputes Chamber has jurisdiction may request the Seabed Disputes Chamber to form an ad hoc chamber. An ad hoc chamber is composed of three members of the Seabed Disputes Chamber. The composition of the ad hoc chamber is determined by the Seabed Disputes Chamber with the approval of the parties to the dispute. Members of the ad hoc chamber may not be in the service of, or nationals of, any of the parties (Convention, articles 187 and 188; Statute, article 36).

Special Chambers

(a) Chamber of Summary Procedure

In accordance with article 15, paragraphs 3 and 4, of the Statute, the Chamber of Summary Procedure may hear and determine a case by summary procedure if the parties so request. In addition, the Chamber may prescribe provisional measures if the Tribunal is not in session or a sufficient number of members is not available to constitute a quorum. 

The Chamber of Summary Procedure, constituted annually, is composed of five members and two alternates, as provided for by the Statute. The President and the Vice-President of the Tribunal are members ex officio of the Chamber; the President of the Tribunal serves as President of the Chamber. 

In October 2014 the Chamber was constituted for the period ending 30 September 2015. Its composition in order of precedence is as follows:

President: President Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn

Members:

  • Vice-President Boualem Bouguetaia
  • P. Chandrasekhara Rao
  • Rüdiger Wolfrum
  • José Luis Jesus

Alternates

  • Jean-Pierre Cot
  • David Joseph Attard

 (b) Chamber for Fisheries Disputes 

The Chamber for Fisheries Disputes, established in accordance with article 15, paragraph 1, of the Statute, is available to deal with disputes concerning the conservation and management of marine living resources, which parties may agree to submit to it. The Chamber consists of nine members. The composition of the Chamber in order of precedence for the period ending 30 September 2017 is as follows:

President: Anthony Amos Lucky

Members:

  • Vicente Marotta Rangel
  • Rüdiger Wolfrum
  • Tafsir Malick Ndiaye
  • Shunji Yanai
  • James L. Kateka
  • Zhiguo Gao
  • Markiyan Z. Kulyk
  • Tomas Heidar

(c) Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes

The Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes, established in accordance with article 15, paragraph 1, of the Statute, is available to deal with disputes relating to the protection and preservation of the marine environment which parties may agree to submit to it. The Chamber consists of nine members. The quorum required for the meetings of the chamber consists of seven members. The composition of the Chamber in order of precedence for the period ending 30 September 2017 is as follows:

President: James L. Kateka

Members:

  • Stanislaw Pawlak
  • Albert J. Hoffmann
  • Zhiguo Gao
  • Jin-Hyun Paik
  • Elsa Kelly
  • David Joseph Attard
  • Markiyan Z. Kulyk
  • Alonso Gomez-Robledo

(d) Chamber for Maritime Delimitation Disputes 

The Chamber for Maritime Delimitation Disputes, established in accordance with article 15, paragraph 1, of the Statute, is available to deal with disputes on maritime delimitation which parties may agree to submit to it. The Chamber consists of 11 members. The composition of the Chamber in order of precedence for the period ending 30 September 2017 is as follows:

President: President Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn

Members:

  • Vice-President Boualem Bouguetaia
  • P. Chandrasekhara Rao
  • Rüdiger Wolfrum
  • Tafsir Malick Ndiaye
  • José Luis Jesus
  • Shunji Yanai
  • Albert J. Hoffmann
  • Zhiguo Gao
  • Alonso Gomez-Robledo
  • Tomas Heidar

e) Chambers under article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute

Pursuant to article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute, the Tribunal shall form a chamber to deal with a particular dispute if the parties so request. The composition of such a chamber is determined by the Tribunal with the approval of the parties as provided for in article 30 of the Rules. 

By exchange of letters dated 18 and 19 December 2000, Chile and the European Community informed the Tribunal that they had agreed that the dispute between Chile and the European Community concerning the conservation and the sustainable exploitation of swordfish stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean should be submitted to a special chamber of the Tribunal, composed of five members, to be formed in accordance with article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute. 

By Order dated 20 December 2000, the Tribunal formed a special chamber to deal with the Case concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Exploitation of Swordfish Stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean (Chile/European Community). This was the first time that a case was submitted to a special chamber of the Tribunal. The composition of the Special Chamber is as follows: 

President: P. Chandrasekhara Rao

Members:

  • Hugo Caminos
  • Alexander Yankov
  • Rüdiger Wolfrum
  • Francisco Orrego Vicuña, Judge ad hoc