Twentieth Anniversary of the Tribunal

In 2016, the Tribunal celebrated its 20th anniversary with an official ceremony in the City Hall of Hamburg with the participation of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Prior to the ceremony, an international symposium provided an opportunity to look back on the Tribunal’s contribution to the rule of law over the 20 years. Bringing together judges, legal advisors, counsel, practitioners and scholars to reflect on the jurisprudence of the Tribunal, the symposium also reviewed the role played by the Tribunal in the progressive development of international law.

Mr Ban Ki Moon’s visit to the Tribunal and the ensuing official ceremony marked the culmination of the anniversary events, a fitting tribute to the Tribunal’s first 20 years of successful and peaceful adjudication of law of the sea disputes.

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