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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International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

The Tribunal shall elect its President and Vice-President for three years; they may be re-elected. The Tribunal is open to States Parties to the Convention i. The “Enrica Lexie” Incident. Retrieved from ” https: This link will atatute work on campus; off-campus, you must already be logged into HeinOnline.

It shall contain the names of the members of the Tribunal who have taken part in the decision. The composition of such a chamber shall be determined by the Tribunal with the approval of the parties. The salaries, allowances and compensation shall be determined from time to time at meetings of the States Parties, taking into account the workload of the Tribunal.

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It contains, among other things, provisions relating to the territorial sea, the contiguous zone, the continental shelf, the exclusive economic zone and the high seas.

The salary of the Registrar shall be determined at meetings of the States Parties, on the proposal of the Tribunal. A State Party is free to choose one or more of these means by a written declaration to be made under article of the Convention and deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations declarations made by States Parties under article One of the most important parts of the Convention concerns the exploration for and exploitation of the resources of the seabed and ocean floor and subsoil thereof, beyond the limits of national jurisdiction the Area.

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If a vacancy occurs in the Chamber, the Tribunal shall select a successor from among its elected members, irlos shall hold office for the remainder of his predecessor’s term. Written by, or adapted from, Vanderbilt University Libraries current as of No member of the Tribunal may participate in the decision of any case in which he has previously taken statuhe 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.


The Convention declares the Area and its resources to be “the common heritage of mankind”. Full-text publications available for prior years.

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 ilos Tribunal considers that he should not take part in the decision of a particular case, he shall statufe inform the President of the Tribunal. The members of the Chamber shall be selected every three years and may be selected for a second term.

The mechanism established by the Convention provides for four alternative means for the settlement of disputes: It also provides for the protection and preservation of the marine environment, for marine scientific research and for the development and transfer of marine technology. Toggle navigation VU Libraries Logo.

The expenses of the Tribunal shall be borne by the States Parties and by the Authority on such terms and in such a manner as shall be decided at meetings of the States Parties. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. At least three months before the date of the election, the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the case of the first election and the Registrar of the Tribunal in the case of subsequent elections shall address a written invitation to the States Parties to submit their nominations for members of the Tribunal within two months.

According to its founding statute, the Tribunal has a set of 21 serving judges from a variety of states parties. Absence of a party or failure of a party to defend its case shall not constitute a bar to the proceedings.

Disputes before the Tribunal are instituted either by written application or by notification of a special agreement. The Tribunal shall make orders for the conduct of the case, decide the form and time in which each party must conclude its arguments, and make all arrangements connected with the taking of evidence. If neither is able to preside, the senior judge present of the Tribunal shall preside.

There shall be no fewer than three members from each geographical group as established by the General Assembly of the United Nations.

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He shall prepare a list in jtlos order of all the persons thus nominated, with an indication of the States Parties which have nominated them, and shall submit it to the States Parties before the seventh day of the last month before the date of each election.


The Chamber shall elect its President from among its members, who shall serve for the term for which the Chamber has been selected. In the Tribunal as a whole the representation of the principal legal systems of the world and equitable geographical distribution shall be assured.

Disputes shall be heard and determined by the chambers provided for in this article if the parties so request. 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 Tribunal shall form a chamber for dealing with a particular dispute submitted to it if the parties so request. Regulations adopted at meetings of the States Parties shall determine the conditions under which retirement pensions may be given to members of the Tribunal and to the Registrar, and the conditions under which members of the Tribunal and Registrar shall have their travelling expenses refunded.

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

It also extends to all matters specifically provided for in any other agreement which confers jurisdiction on the Tribunal. It itloa into force 12 years later, on 16 November The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea is constituted and shall function in accordance with the provisions of this Convention and this Statute.

With a view to the speedy dispatch of business, the Tribunal shall form annually a chamber composed of five of its elected members which may hear and determine disputes by summary procedure. The Assembly of the Authority may adopt recommendations of a general nature relating to such representation and distribution. If the judgment does not represent in whole or in part the unanimous opinion of the members of the Tribunal, any member shall be entitled to deliver a separate opinion.