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It is with deep regret that the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea announces the death of Judge Alexander Yankov last week. Judge Yankov was a Member of the Tribunal from 1996 until 2011.

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Delegation of Singapore visits the Tribunal

14 October 2019

A delegation from the Ministry of Law of Singapore, led by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Law, H.E. Mr Ng How Yue, visited the Tribunal last week. H.E. Mr Ng How Yue paid a courtesy call on President Paik. The delegation also met with the Registrar  and Legal Officers.


» Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Mauritius and Maldives in the Indian Ocean (Mauritius/Maldives)

27 September 2019

On 24 September 2019, the Republic of Mauritius and the Republic of Maldives transmitted a special agreement and notification to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to submit their dispute concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary in the Indian Ocean to a special chamber of the Tribunal to be constituted pursuant to article 15, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the Tribunal.

By Order of 27 September 2019, a special chamber of the Tribunal was formed to deal with the dispute.

>> Order

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Law of the sea practitioners and experts visit the Tribunal

26 September 2019

Participants of a high level international conference of law of the sea consisting of practitioners and visiting experts from countries particularly active in the maritime domain visited the Tribunal yesterday. They were given a guided tour of the premises before being welcomed by the President of the Tribunal, Judge Paik.


Members of the House of Representatives of Japan visit the Tribunal

25 September 2019

Mr Jiro Kawasaki and Mr Minoru Kiuchi, both Members of the House of Representatives of Japan, visited the Tribunal with the Consul General of Japan, Ms Kikuko Kato, and paid a courtesy call on President Paik. They also met with Judge Yanai and Registrar Hinrichs Oyarce.


The Government of Indonesia donates a model of the pinisi “Maritim Jaya” to the Tribunal

24 September 2019

H.E. Mr Safri Burhanuddin, Deputy Minister for Human Resources, Science and Technology and Maritime Culture Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and H.E. Mr Arif Havas Oegroseno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Federal Republic of Germany,  visited the Tribunal today. H.E. Mr Burhanuddin presented the Tribunal with a model of the pinisi “Maritim Jaya”, a traditional Indonesian timber fishing vessel.


Ms Ximena Hinrichs Oyarce elected as Registrar

20 September 2019

The Judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea today elected Ms Ximena Hinrichs Oyarce, of Chilean nationality, as the Registrar of the Tribunal.

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President Paik meets Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.

22 August 2019

President Paik paid a courtesy call on the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Mr Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., on 22 August 2019 in Quezon City, on the occasion of the 7th Biennial Conference of the Asian Society of International Law. In a Special Forum on the sidelines of the conference President Paik delivered a keynote speech on “The role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the settlement of disputes related to the law of the sea: Current Trends and Other Developments”.


ITLOS Newsletter

The Tribunal's third quarterly newsletter for 2019 is now available.

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President Paik pays a courtesy call on Ms Kang Kyung-wha, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea

20 August 2019

President Paik met with Ms Kang Kyung-wha, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, Ms Ji Yeon Kim, Director for Territory and Oceans, and Mr Ki-Jun You, Director General for International Legal Affairs, on 19 August 2019 in Seoul. President Paik was accompanied by Vice-President Attard, Judges Kateka and Heidar and Acting Registrar Hinrichs Oyarce. The ITLOS delegation is currently in Seoul in order to participate in the ROK – ITLOS law of the sea conference ‘New developments in the law of the sea and the role of ITLOS’.


IFLOS Summer Academy at the Tribunal

The Tribunal is currently hosting the 13th IFLOS Summer Academy ‘Promoting Ocean Governance and Peaceful Settlement of Disputes’ at its seat in Hamburg. 41 participants from 28 States are attending four weeks of lectures given by current and former Members of the Tribunal, professors, practitioners and professionals from the law of the sea and maritime fields.


Appointment of arbitrators under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea

1 August 2019

President Paik appoints three arbitrators in the arbitral proceedings instituted by Ukraine against the Russian Federation in Respect of a dispute concerning the detention of three Ukrainian naval vessels and the twenty-four servicemen on board.

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President Paik marks departure of Registrar Gautier

31 July 2019

The President presented a commemorative plaque to Mr Philippe Gautier on behalf of the Judges of the Tribunal in appreciation of his contribution to the work of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1997 to 2019 and to mark his departure from the Tribunal on 31 July 2019.

With effect from 1st August 2019, the Deputy Registrar, Ms Ximena Hinrichs Oyarce, will act as Registrar pursuant to article 37, paragraph 1, of the Rules of the Tribunal.


President Paik speaks at the special commemorative session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority

25 July 2019

President Paik attended the special commemorative session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, convened to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the establishment of the International Seabed Authority. He also delivered a statement highlighting the role of the Seabed Disputes Chamber in settling disputes arising from activities in the Area and giving advisory opinions relating to the work of the Authority.


>>  The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures

Today, 6 July 2019, the Tribunal delivered its Order in the M/T "San Padre Pio" Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), Provisional Measures.

>> Order

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President Paik speaks at IMLI’s 30th anniversary

27 June 2019

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), hosted at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on 25 June 2019, the  President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, delivered a speech on “the rule of law and the importance of capacity building”.


President Paik reports to the Meeting of States Parties

On 17 June 2019, Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, presented the Tribunal’s annual report for 2018 to the 29th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The President reported on the judicial activity of the Tribunal, including the recent developments which have kept the Tribunal busy since the beginning of the year.

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>> Annual Report

>> Statement


Resignation of Registrar Philippe Gautier

3 June 2019

Mr Philippe Gautier, Registrar of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, has announced his resignation from the Tribunal after 22 years of service.

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>> The M/V "Norstar" Case (Panama v. Italy)

10 April 2019

Tribunal delivers its Judgment in The M/V “Norstar” Case (Panama v. Italy)

In its Judgment, the Tribunal finds that Italy violated article 87, paragraph 1, of the Convention, that article 87, paragraph 2, of the Convention is not applicable in the case, and that Italy did not violate article 300 of the Convention. The Tribunal awards Panama compensation for the loss of the M/V “Norstar” in the amount of US$ 285,000 with interest.

 >> Judgment

 >> Press Release

 >> Webcast


First Mayor of Hamburg visits Tribunal

19 March 2019

President Paik welcomed the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr Peter Tschentscher, to the Tribunal today. After the signing of the guest book, the First Mayor met with the Judges of the Tribunal.


The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan visits the Tribunal

13 March 2019

The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr Kenji Yamada, visited the Tribunal today and paid a courtesy call on President Paik, discussing inter alia the importance of the capacity building programmes held at the Tribunal. After a guided tour of the facilities, Mr Yamada met with the fellows currently participating in the ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS. During his discussion with the fellows, Mr Yamada emphasised the significant role that younger generations must play in supporting the rule of law and in the protection of the marine environment.


President Paik pays courtesy call on the Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Heiko Maas

Berlin, 5 March 2019

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, President of the Tribunal, paid a courtesy call on the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr Heiko Maas, at his offices in Berlin on 5 March 2019. The Minister and the President exchanged views on various matters, including peaceful settlement of maritime disputes around the world and strengthening the cooperation between the Tribunal and the German Government. President Paik expressed his special thanks for the strong support of the German Government to the work of the Tribunal.


President Paik and Minister Kono
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

President Paik meets Mr Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Japan

14 February 2019

President Paik met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono  on 14 February 2019 in Tokyo and discussed the importance of the Tribunal for the maintenance of the rule of law, the growing significance of the law of the sea and the importance of encouraging younger generations’ interest in maritime issues. On 13 February 2019, President Paik met Mr Kenji Yamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, with whom he discussed the importance of capacity building in this area of international law and reiterated the Tribunal’s gratitude for the assistance provided by the Nippon Foundation for capacity building at the Tribunal. During his visit to Japan, President Paik gave a lecture on 14 February 2019 at the Ocean Policy Research Institute on the “Contribution of ITLOS to the rule of Law”, co-hosted by the Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan within the frame of the lecture series 'Ocean Forum'.


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President Paik addresses the United Nations General Assembly

11 December 2018

President Paik spoke on Agenda item 78 (a) at the plenary of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.

A webcast of the statement may be viewed on UN Web TV. Go to General Assembly 73rd Session - 50th meeting (continued) at 32:00.


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Capacity Building

>> ITLOS-Nippon Programme

In cooperation with the Nippon Foundation, the Tribunal runs an annual capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The full-time programme, which runs for nine months and begins in July each year, takes place at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg, Germany.

The programme is aimed at junior to mid-level government officials and researchers currently working on issues related to the law of the sea or dispute settlement. It provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop their legal skills and deepen their practical knowledge of dispute settlement in the law of the sea under UNCLOS.

The thirteenth ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS began in July 2019.

>> Internship Programme

Approximately twenty internships are available each year for students of law, international relations, public relations, political science, library science and translation. The programme is designed to give participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of the work and functions of the Tribunal and to enable the Tribunal and its members to benefit from the assistance of persons with relevant knowledge and skills in areas within the scope of activities of the Tribunal.

The next available internships are from April to June 2020. 

Application deadline: 31 December 2019.