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Election of Judge Paik as President of the Tribunal

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik (Republic of Korea) was today elected as President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and Judge David Attard (Malta) as Vice-President for the period 2017 – 2020 by the members of the Tribunal. 

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Swearing-in Ceremony

At a public sitting held on 2 October 2017 Mr Óscar Cabello Sarubbi (Paraguay), Ms Neeru Chadha (India), Mr Kriangsak Kittichaisaree (Thailand), Mr Roman Kolodkin (Russian Federation), and Ms Liesbeth Lijnzaad (The Netherlands) were sworn in as judges of the Tribunal.

The five judges were elected at the twenty-seventh Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to serve a term of nine years, commencing on 1 October 2017. Before taking up their duties, every judge is required to make a solemn declaration at a public sitting to exercise their powers impartially and conscientiously. 

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

At a public sitting held today, the Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, constituted to deal with the Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/Côte d'Ivoire), delivered its Judgment. The Judgment was read by Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber.

>> Judgment

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Tribunal signs MOU with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

On behalf of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, President Vladimir Golitsyn signed a Memorandum of Understanding today with Professor Peter Herzig, Director of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel.

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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. 

 

 


>> 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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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

>> Internship Programme

The next available internships are from April to June 2018. 

Application deadline: 31 December 2017.