Calendar of Events

IFLOS Summer Academy at the Tribunal

The Tribunal is currently hosting the 13th IFLOS Summer Academy ‘Promoting Ocean Governance and Peaceful Settlement of Disputes’ at its seat in Hamburg. 41 participants from 28 States are attending four weeks of lectures given by current and former Members of the Tribunal, professors, practitioners and professionals from the law of the sea and maritime fields.


President Paik marks departure of Registrar Gautier

31 July 2019

The President presented a commemorative plaque to Mr Philippe Gautier on behalf of the Judges of the Tribunal in appreciation of his contribution to the work of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1997 to 2019 and to mark his departure from the Tribunal on 31 July 2019.

With effect from 1st August 2019, the Deputy Registrar, Ms Ximena Hinrichs Oyarce, will act as Registrar pursuant to article 37, paragraph 1, of the Rules of the Tribunal.


President Paik speaks at the special commemorative session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority

25 July 2019

President Paik attended the special commemorative session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority, convened to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the establishment of the International Seabed Authority. He also delivered a statement highlighting the role of the Seabed Disputes Chamber in settling disputes arising from activities in the Area and giving advisory opinions relating to the work of the Authority.


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President Paik speaks at IMLI’s 30th anniversary

27 June 2019

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI), hosted at the Headquarters of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London on 25 June 2019, the  President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, delivered a speech on “the rule of law and the importance of capacity building”.


First Mayor of Hamburg visits Tribunal

19 March 2019

President Paik welcomed the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Dr Peter Tschentscher, to the Tribunal today. After the signing of the guest book, the First Mayor met with the Judges of the Tribunal.


The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan visits Tribunal

13 March 2019

The Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr Kenji Yamada, visited the Tribunal today and paid a courtesy call on President Paik, discussing inter alia the importance of the capacity building programmes held at the Tribunal. After a guided tour of the facilities, Mr Yamada met with the fellows currently participating in the ITLOS-Nippon Foundation Capacity-Building and Training Programme on Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS. During his discussion with the fellows, Mr Yamada emphasised the significant role that younger generations must play in supporting the rule of law and in the protection of the marine environment.


President Paik pays courtesy call on the Federal Foreign Minister, Mr Heiko Maas

Berlin, 5 March 2019

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, President of the Tribunal, paid a courtesy call on the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Mr Heiko Maas, at his offices in Berlin on 5 March 2019. The Minister and the President exchanged views on various matters, including peaceful settlement of maritime disputes around the world and strengthening the cooperation between the Tribunal and the German Government. President Paik expressed his special thanks for the strong support of the German Government to the work of the Tribunal.


President Paik and Minister Kono
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

President Paik meets Mr Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, during his visit to Japan

President Paik met with Foreign Minister Taro Kono on 14 February 2019 in Tokyo and discussed the importance of the Tribunal for the maintenance of the rule of law, the growing significance of the law of the sea and the importance of encouraging younger generations’ interest in maritime issues. On 13 February 2019, President Paik met Mr Kenji Yamada, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, with whom he discussed the importance of capacity building in this area of international law and reiterated the Tribunal’s gratitude for the assistance provided by the Nippon Foundation for capacity building at the Tribunal. During his visit to Japan, President Paik gave a lecture on 14 February 2019 at the Ocean Policy Research Institute on the “Contribution of ITLOS to the rule of Law”, co-hosted by the Institute and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan within the frame of the lecture series 'Ocean Forum'.


Briefing on the Settlement of Disputes by ITLOS

New York, 13 December 2018

President Paik and Registrar Gautier gave a well-attended ‘Briefing on the Settlement of Disputes by ITLOS’ to representatives of the Permanent Missions at UN headquarters on 13 December 2018. After words of welcome from the Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Ms Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, the President spoke on The experience of the Tribunal in dealing with law of the sea disputes and the Registrar presented the topic Institution of proceedings and conduct of a case. Information on Applications for financial assistance from the ITLOS Trust Fund for expenses incurred in connection with cases before the Tribunal was provided by Ms Amanda Stoltz, Associate Legal Officer, DOALOS. 


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President Paik addresses the United Nations General Assembly

New York, 11 December 2018

President Paik spoke on Agenda item 78 (a) at the plenary of the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.

A webcast of the statement may be viewed on UN Web TV. Go to General Assembly 73rd Session - 50th meeting (continued) at 32:00.

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>> Press Release


Minister Young-Choon Kim, Minister of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea visits the Tribunal

Hamburg, 19 October 2018

President Paik welcomed Minister Young-Choon Kim with a delegation from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea to the Tribunal today


Mr Michael Lodge, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority, visits the Tribunal

Hamburg, 24 September 2018

President Paik and the members of the Tribunal met with Secretary General Michael Lodge and Legal Counsel Alfonso Ascencio-Herrera today.


Mr Miguel de Serpa Soares, United Nations Legal Counsel, visits the Tribunal

Hamburg, 19 September 2018

President Paik welcomed Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Mr Miguel de Serpa Soares, to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea on 18 September 2018.

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KMI Contribution to the Trust Fund for the Law of the Sea

Hamburg, 17 September 2018

President Paik and Mr Changho Yang, President of the Korea Maritime Institute, signed an MoU today contributing KMI funds to the ITLOS Trust Fund for the Law of the Sea, supporting the organization of the next ITLOS regional workshop.  


IMO Secretary-General Lim visits the Tribunal

Hamburg, 4 September 2018

President Jin-Hyun Paik welcomed Mr Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization, to the Tribunal today, inviting him to sign the Tribunal’s guest book and accompanying him on a tour of the building.

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IMO Director of Legal and External Affairs speaks at the Tribunal

Hamburg, 3 August 2018

Mr Frederick Kenney, Director of Legal and External Affairs of the International Maritime Organisation, was the IFLOS Summer Academy 2018 Open Event guest speaker, addressing the topic ‘IMO – Latest Achievements, Current Issues and Challenges'.


IFLOS Summer Academy

Hamburg, 22 July 2018

The 12th session of the IFLOS Summer Academy started on 22 July 2018 at the Tribunal. 41 participants from 30 States will follow four weeks of law of the sea and maritime law lectures and workshops.


KMI Contribution to the Tribunal's internship programme

Hamburg, 26 June 2018

Mr Myung-Saeng Joung, Vice-President of the Korea Maritime Institute, paid a courtesy call on the President, Judge Paik, today, signing an MoU and committing €45,000 to contribute to the Tribunal's internship programme.


President Paik reports to the Meeting of States Parties

New York, 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 Regional Workshop

Mindelo, 2 and 3 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. 

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Hamburg’s Consular Night (open evening)/Lange Nacht der Konsulate, Hamburg

Hamburg, 15 May 2018

The Tribunal took part in this annual event organized by the Senate of Hamburg, opening its doors to nearly 300 members of the public. 


President Paik welcomes the participants

Round Table for maritime law firms on 'Proceedings available at ITLOS in cases involving the arrest and detention of vessels'.

Hamburg, 28 March 2018

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President Paik pays courtesy call on Secretary-General António Guterres 

New York, 7 December 2017

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik, President of the Tribunal, paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres, at his offices in New York on 7 December 2017. He was accompanied by the Registrar of the Tribunal, Mr Philippe Gautier.


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

New York, 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". 

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

Please go to 2:02:35 of the 64th plenary meeting of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

>> Webcast


Swearing-in Ceremony

Hamburg, 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.


Asian Society of International Law’s 6th Biennial conference ‘Asia and international law in times of uncertainty’

Seoul, 25 August 2017

President Golitsyn participates as a panelist of the 2nd plenary session “Trends in International Adjudication”


Comandante Maglione presents the model to President Golitsyn

The Government of Argentina donates a model of the ARA Libertad to the Tribunal

Hamburg, 5 July 2017

The captain of the ARA Libertad, Comandante Fernando Maglione, and the Consul General of Argentina in Hamburg, Mr Fernando Brun, visited the Tribunal on 5 July 2017 together with members of the crew of the ARA Libertad, which is currently docked in the port of Hamburg. On the occasion of the XXth anniversary of the Tribunal, a model of the ARA Libertad was donated to the Tribunal by the Government of Argentina.

Comandante Maglione and President Golitsyn
President Golitsyn, Vice-President Bouguetaia, Registrar Gautier and the delegation of Argentina
President Golitsyn, the delegation of Argentina and members of the ARA Libertad crew at the Tribunal
 

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A. Villwock, GEOMAR

Members of the Tribunal visit GEOMAR

Kiel, 23 March 2017

The judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea visited the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research.

Based in Kiel, Germany, GEOMAR is one of the world’s leading institutes in the field of marine sciences. Prof. Dr. Peter Herzig, Director of GEOMAR, welcomed the members and gave a presentation on the difficulties of deep seabed mining, the exploration and exploitation of polymetallic nodules, sustainability and environmentally responsible behaviour as well as legal questions that arise.

A visit on board the Research Vessel ALKOR and to the GEOMAR Aquarium concluded the visit to GEOMAR.

 

 

 


UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

President Golitsyn delivers speech on the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)

New York, 10 March 2017

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary celebration of the CLCS the President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea delivered a speech entitled: The relevance and importance of the work of the Commission to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea


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

>> Section on the Twentieth Anniversary of the Tribunal