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President Paik reports to the Meeting of States Parties

11 June 2018

On 11 June 2018, Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, presented the Tribunal’s annual report for 2017 to the 28th Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

>> Press Release

>> Statement

>> Annual Report


ITLOS Newsletter

The Tribunal's second quarterly newsletter is now available.

>> Newsletter


The Tribunal will participate in Hamburg's 'Long Night of the Consulates' on 15 May 2018

8 May 2018

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will participate in the 'Long Night of the Consulates' on Tuesday, 15 May 2018. On that day, the general public will have the opportunity to visit the headquarters building in Hamburg (Nienstedten) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and learn about the work of the Tribunal.

>> Press Release


Mr José Gonçalves, Minister of Maritime Economy, and President Paik

ITLOS Regional Workshop

4 May 2018

The Tribunal held its 13th regional workshop on “The role of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in the settlement of disputes relating to the law of the sea” on the Island of São Vicente, Cabo Verde  on 2 and 3 May 2018. President Paik and Mr José Gonçalves, Minister of Maritime Economy of Cabo Verde, gave a statement at the opening ceremony. Presentations on the dispute settlement mechanism established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea were given by the President, Judges Jesus and Bouguetaia and Registrar Gautier. The workshop was attended by representatives of nine States (Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d‘Ivoire, Guinea (Republic of), São Tome and Principe, Senegal, and Togo) and of the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission. 

>> Press Release


ITLOS Newsletter

The Tribunal has issued its first quarterly newsletter, designed to keep those interested in the work of the Tribunal abreast of developments relating to its judicial work, to events being held at the Tribunal and to the Tribunal’s capacity building programmes.

>> Newsletter


The Contribution of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to the Rule of Law: 1996–2016

On the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea held a one-and-a-half day international symposium at the premises of the Tribunal on 5 and 6 October 2016, on the theme “The contribution of the Tribunal to the Rule of Law”.

The aim of the symposium was to highlight the role played by the Tribunal over the last 20 years in the system for the peaceful settlement of law of the sea related disputes, set out in Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Approximately 180 international guest attended the symposium, which was designed for academics and legal practitioners. The symposium was organized with the financial support of the Government of Japan. This publication reproduces the statements presented during the symposium, in the order in which they were delivered and in their original language.
The question and answer sessions have not been transcribed for this volume.

This volume was financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

ISBN 978-90-04-34426-6
ISBN (e-book) 978-90-04-35683-2

>> It is now available here.


UN Photo/Kim Haughton

President Paik makes his first address to the United Nations General Assembly

5 December 2017

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik addressed the plenary of the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly under agenda item 77(a) "Oceans and the Law of the Sea". 

>> Statement

>> Press Release

>> Webcast


Election of Judge Paik as President of the Tribunal

2 October 2017

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik (Republic of Korea) has been 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. 

>> Press Release


Swearing-in Ceremony

2 October 2017

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. 

>> Press Release

>> Webcast


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

23 September 2017

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

>> Press Release


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

31 August 2017

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.

>> Press Release


>> 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

>> Press Release


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

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.

>> 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 October to December 2018. 

Application deadline: 30 June 2018.

 >> IFLOS Summer Academy 2018

The International Foundation for the Law of the Sea will hold its twelfth Summer Academy, ‘Promoting Ocean Governance and Peaceful Settlement of Disputes’, at the seat of the Tribunal in Hamburg from 22 July to 17 August 2018. 

The Summer Academy is a four-week course devoted to matters relating to both international law of the sea and maritime law. Lecturers are judges of the Tribunal, professors, practitioners and professionals from the law of the sea and maritime fields. The course is open to highly-qualified graduates, government representatives and lawyers.