ITLOS and other international dispute settlement institutions for law of the The bulk of the Statute deals with the organization of the ITLOS. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an intergovernmental organization created by the mandate of the Third United Nations Conference. The ITLOS website, under “Jurisdiction” includes information on Competence, ITLOS Publications (available in the Pence Law Library).

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It shall be read in open court, due notice having been given to the parties to the dispute. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. This Agreement and Part XI of the Convention are to be interpreted and applied together as a single instrument. The Tribunal is composed of 21 independent memberselected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognized competence in the field of the law of the sea.

: The Tribunal

The members of the Tribunal whose terms are to expire at the end of the above-mentioned initial periods of three and six years shall be chosen by lot to be drawn by the Secretary-General of the United Nations immediately after the first election. The Convention declares itoos Area and its resources to be “the common heritage of mankind”.

Should a State Party consider that it has an interest of a legal nature which may be affected by the decision in any dispute, it may submit a request to the Tribunal to be permitted to intervene.

Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions, and Orders. The members of the Chamber shall be selected every three years and may be selected for a second term.

The decision of the Tribunal is final and shall be complied with by all the parties to the dispute.

According to its founding statute, the Tribunal has a set of 21 serving judges from a variety of states parties.

The tribunal is based in Hamburg, Germany.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The Assembly of the Authority may adopt recommendations of a general nature relating to such representation and distribution. Any doubt on this sstatute shall be settled by the decision of the Tribunal.


The first election shall be held within six months of the date of entry into force of this Convention. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Tribunal international du droit de la mer. If the judgment does not stattue in whole or in part the unanimous opinion of the members of the Tribunal, any member shall be entitled to deliver a separate opinion.

Annex VI. Statute of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

If a request to intervene is granted, the decision of the Tribunal in respect of the dispute shall be binding upon the intervening State Party in so far as it relates to matters in respect of which that State Party intervened. It entered into force 12 years later, on 16 November The composition of such a chamber shall be determined by the Seabed Disputes Chamber with the approval of the parties. Disputes before the Tribunal are instituted either by written application or by notification of a special agreement.

In the Tribunal as a whole the representation of the principal legal systems of the world and equitable geographical distribution shall be assured.

Dec 3, In such cases, the President, in consultation with the parties, shall request specified members of the Tribunal forming the chamber, as many as necessary, to give place to the members of the Tribunal of the nationality of the parties concerned, and, failing such, or if they are unable to be present, to the members specially chosen by the parties.

No member of the Tribunal may participate in the decision of any case in which he has previously taken part as agent, counsel or advocate for one of the parties, or as a member of a national or international court or tribunal, or in any other capacity. Oxford Reports on International Law. States and international organisations which are parties to the Convention. In the event of an equality of votes, the President or the member of the Tribunal who acts in his place shall have a casting vote.

The Vice-President shall receive a special allowance for each day on which he acts as President. If, for some special reason, a member of the Tribunal considers that he should not take part in the decision of a particular case, he shall so inform the President of the Tribunal. This link will only work on campus; off-campus, you must already be logged into HeinOnline. If a vacancy occurs in the Chamber, the Tribunal shall select a successor from among its elected members, who shall hold office for the remainder of his predecessor’s term.


Find International Court Documents: International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)

In the case of the resignation of a member of the Tribunal, the letter of resignation shall be addressed to the President of the Tribunal. The hearing shall be under the control of the President or, if he is unable to preside, of the Vice-President. If neither is able to preside, the senior judge present of the Tribunal shall preside. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

To date, twelve multilateral agreements have been concluded which confer jurisdiction on the Tribunal relevant provisions of these agreements. When an entity other than a State Party or the Authority is a party to a case submitted to it, the Tribunal shall fix the amount which that party is to contribute towards the expenses of the Tribunal.

The persons elected to the Tribunal shall be those nominees who obtain the largest number of votes and a two-thirds majority of the States Parties present and voting, provided that sttute majority includes a majority sgatute the States Parties.

The members of the Tribunal shall be elected by secret ballot. No two members of the Tribunal may be nationals of the same State. It requires States Parties to settle their disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention by peaceful means indicated in the Charter of the United Nations.