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The Tribunal deeply regrets to announce the death of Judge Vicente Marotta Rangel

18 July 2017

It is with deep regret that the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea announces the death of Judge Vicente Marotta Rangel on 17 July 2017. Judge Marotta Rangel was a Member of the Tribunal from 1996 until 2015.

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Election of seven Members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

15 June 2017

On Wednesday, 14 June 2017 seven Members of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea were elected at the twenty-seventh Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in New York.

The States Parties re-elected the following two Members: Judge Boualem Bouguetaia (Algeria) and Judge José Luís Jesus (Cabo Verde). In addition, the Meeting elected Mr Oscar Cabello Sarubbi (Paraguay), Ms Neeru Chadha (India), Mr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thailand), Mr Roman Kolodkin (Russian Federation), and Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad (The Netherlands).

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President's annual report to the Meeting of States Parties

13 June 2017

On 12 June 2017, Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, presented the Tribunal’s annual report for 2016 to the 27th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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>> Statement


Tribunal held regional workshop in Costa Rica

7 June 2017

The twelfth regional workshop of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea was held in San José, Costa Rica, on 5 and 6 June 2017. The workshop was devoted to “The role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the settlement of disputes relating to the law of the sea in the Central American and Caribbean Regions”, and was organized in cooperation with the Government of Costa Rica and with the financial support of the Korea Maritime Institute.

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>> Symposium 'ITLOS at 20: Looking into the future'

As a follow-up to the 20th anniversary symposium held on 5 and 6 October 2016, the Tribunal held a symposium at the Tribunal on Saturday, 18 March 2017, entitled “ITLOS at 20: Looking into the Future”. 

The four main topics which were under discussion at the symposium were seabed mining, marine biological diversity, sustainable fisheries and climate change. 

 

 


>> Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/Côte d'Ivoire)

The public hearing in the case concluded on 16 February 2017. At the close of the oral proceedings, the Parties presented their final submissions as follows:

The Special Chamber will now deliberate on the case. 


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President Golitsyn highlights the judicial activities of the Tribunal and the celebration of its 20th anniversary in his annual statement before the General Assembly

8 December 2016

Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, President of the Tribunal, gave his annual statement before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Wednesday, 7 December 2016, during the General Assembly's debate on the item "Oceans and the law of the sea".

>> Statement on Agenda item 73 (a) at the plenary of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 7 December 2016

>> Press Release

A webcast of the President's statement may be viewed on UN Web TV.

Please go to 1:18.30 of the 55th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly 71st Session.

>> Webcast


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

4 November 2016

The Judgment of the Tribunal on the Preliminary Objections raised by Italy on 11 March 2016 in The M/V “Norstar” Case (Panama v. Italy) was delivered today. The Tribunal finds that it has jurisdiction to adjudicate the dispute and decides that Panama’s application is admissible.

>> Judgment of 4 November 2016

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20th Anniversary Celebrations of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

11 October 2016

The solemn ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea took place on 7 October 2016 in the City Hall of Hamburg. Mr Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Olaf Scholz, First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Mr Vladimir Golitsyn, President of the Tribunal, participated in the ceremony, which was attended by more than 500 guests.

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Publication

Digest of Jurisprudence

The Digest of Jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which makes available to academics, practitioners and students summaries of cases brought before the Tribunal as well as excerpts from the Tribunal’s decisions, is now available here.


Capacity Building

 >> ITLOS-Nippon Programme

The eleventh ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS will begin in July 2017.

>> Internship Programme

The next available internships are from January to March 2018. 

Application deadline: 30 September 2017.

 >> IFLOS Summer Academy 2017

The eleventh session of the Summer Academy will be held from 23 July to 18 August 2017.