The jurisdiction of the Tribunal comprises all disputes and all applications submitted to it in accordance with the Convention. It also includes all matters specifically provided for in any other agreement which confers jurisdiction on the Tribunal (Statute, article 21). The Tribunal has jurisdiction to deal with disputes (contentious jurisdiction) and legal questions (advisory jurisdiction) submitted to it.

The first case, The M/V "SAIGA" Case (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines v. Guinea), Prompt Release, was submitted to the Tribunal on 13 November 1997. 

To date, twenty-five cases have been submitted to the Tribunal.

The Judgments and Orders delivered in cases submitted to the Tribunal are reproduced in the series Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders.

┬╗ Citations used to refer to cases submitted to the Tribunal