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

Italy raises preliminary objections -Tribunal sets time-limits for filing of written observations on the preliminary objections raised by Italy

17 March 2016

On 11 March 2016, Italy filed preliminary objections to the jurisdiction of the Tribunal and the admissibility of Panama’s application in The M/V “Norstar” Case (Panama v. Italy).  Proceedings in the case had been instituted by Panama against Italy by an application filed with the Tribunal on 17 December 2015 (see Press Release 241).

>> Press release

Mr Philippe Gautier re-elected Registrar of the Tribunal

9 March 2016

Mr Philippe Gautier was re-elected Registrar today by the judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

>> Press release

Mr Cachapuz de Medeiros (Brazil) sworn in as a member of the Tribunal

At a public ceremony held on 7 March 2016, Mr Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros (Brazil) was sworn in as a member of the Tribunal. Before taking up his duties, every judge is required to make a solemn declaration at a public sitting that he will exercise his powers impartially and conscientiously. Judge Cachapuz de Medeiros made the declaration today in the presence of the Tribunal.

>> Press release

Panama institutes proceedings against Italy in a dispute concerning the arrest and detention of the M/V Norstar

17 December 2015

Panama today filed an application with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in a dispute with Italy regarding the arrest and detention of the M/V Norstar, a Panamanian-flagged vessel. 

>> Press Release

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

President Golitsyn meets Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon

16 December 2015

President Golitsyn met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki-Moon, in New York. The Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr Miguel de Serpa Soares, attended also the meeting.

UN Photo/Cia Pak

President Golitsyn reports on increasing judicial activity of the Tribunal and underlines the Tribunal's commitment to facilitating access to its procedures

Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, President of the Tribunal, gave his annual statement before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday, 8 December 2015, on the occasion of the General Assembly's debate on the item "Oceans and the law of the sea".

>> Statement on Agenda item 79 (a) at the plenary of the seventieth session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 8 December 2015

>> Press Release

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

Please go to 52:00 of the 69th plenary meeting of the 70th session of the General Assembly.

>> Webcast

>> The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v. India), Provisional Measures

Tribunal orders parties to suspend all court proceedings which might aggravate or extend the dispute submitted to the Annex VII arbitral tribunal

>> Order of 24 August 2015

>> Press Release


Capacity Building

 >> ITLOS-Nippon Programme

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is pleased to announce the capacity-building and training programme on dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“the Convention”) for 2016-2017, which is organized with the support of the Nippon Foundation

The tenth ITLOS-Nippon Programme will run from 14 July 2016 to 31 March 2017.

The application deadline is 16 May 2016.

>> Internship Programme

The next available internships are from October to December 2016. 

Application deadline: 30 June 2016.

 >> IFLOS Summer Academy 2016

The tenth session of the Summer Academy will be held from 24 July to 19 August 2016.