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-nine 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.
Digest of Jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
The Digest of Jurisprudence of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea makes available to academics, practitioners and students summaries of cases brought before the Tribunal as well as excerpts from the Tribunal’s decisions.
It is made up of two parts: the first consists of a short presentation of each case; the second sets out excerpts from the Tribunal’s jurisprudence organized by topic.