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The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Law, Practice and Procedure

P. Chandrasekhara Rao and Philippe Gautier

This book provides a first-hand insight into the constitution, jurisdiction, procedure and judicial practice of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. It provides a valuable guide to the jurisprudence of the Tribunal over the past 20 years, and serves as a reference point for practical information on how cases are received and handled by the Tribunal.
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TABLE OF CASES

Law, Practice and Procedure

P. Chandrasekhara Rao and Philippe Gautier

INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA

Contentious Cases

The M/V “SAIGA” Case (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines v. Guinea), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 19971.076, 2.064, 2.094, 3.132, 3.134, 3.175, 4.040, 4.085, 4.087, 4.144, 4.155, 4.238, 4.242, 4.249, 4.250, 4.251, 4.253, 4.287, 4.354

The M/V “SAIGA” (No. 2) Case (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines v. Guinea)

Provisional Measures, ITLOS Reports 19983.143, 4.108, 4.116, 4.287, 4.290

Judgment, ITLOS Reports 19991.044, 1.077, 2.064, 3.024; 3.082, 3.083, 3.183, 3.184, 3.186, 3.190, 3.191, 3.1933.199, 3.238, 4.0274.029, 4.040, 4.052, 4.060, 4.091, 4.102, 4.120, 4.121, 4.123, 4.125, 4.126, 4.132, 4.133, 4.138, 4.139, 4.158, 4.164, 4.174, 4.178, 4.192, 4.193, 4.253, 4.287, 5.022, 5.024, 5.039, 5.042, 5.044, 5.045, 5.053, 5.054, 5.056, 5.059, 5.061, 5.073

Southern Bluefin Tuna Cases (New Zealand v. Japan; Australia v. Japan), Provisional Measures

Order of 16 August 1999, ITLOS Reports 19994.057

Order of 27 August 1999, ITLOS Reports 19991.067, 1.076, 2.064, 2.065, 2.070, 3.038, 3.041, 3.042, 3.094, 3.095, 3.104, 3.105, 3.111, 3.113, 3.143, 3.152, 3.155, 3.174, 4.038, 4.057, 4.121, 4.123, 4.126, 4.166, 4.175, 5.007, 5.008, 5.009, 5.012, 5.015, 5.025, 5.064, 5.065, 5.070, 5.072

The “Camouco” Case (Panama v. France), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20001.076, 2.064, 2.070, 3.134, 3.136, 3.187, 3.194, 3.200, 4.040, 4.072, 4.102, 4.121, 4.130, 4.238, 4.249, 4.250, 5.041

The “Monte Confurco” Case (Seychelles v. France), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20001.076, 2.064, 2.070, 3.130, 3.134, 3.136, 3.194, 4.040, 4.044, 4.102, 4.116, 4.121, 4.130, 4.238, 4.249, 4.250, 4.294, 4.295

Case concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Exploitation of Swordfish Stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean (Chile/European Union)

Order of 20 December 2000, ITLOS Reports 20001.044, 1.074, 2.064, 2.067, 2.068, 2.090, 3.029, 3.082, 3.083, 4.027, 4.028, 4.031, 4.060, 4.232, 4.257, 4.263

Order of 16 December 2009, ITLOS Reports 2008–20101.077, 2.068, 3.029, 4.257, 5.010, 5.064

The “Grand Prince” Case (Belize v. France), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20011.076, 2.064, 2.070, 3.067, 3.134, 3.177, 3.179, 3.180, 3.190, 3.191, 3.193, 3.194, 4.040, 4.072, 4.102, 4.117, 4.121, 4.137, 4.139, 4.143, 4.145, 4.163, 4.238

The “Chaisiri Reefer 2” Case (Panama v. Yemen), Prompt Release, Order of 13 July 2001, ITLOS Reports 20011.076, 2.094, 3.134, 4.040, 4.232, 4.238, 5.010

The MOX Plant Case (Ireland v. United Kingdom), Provisional Measures,

Order of 3 December 2001, ITLOS Reports 20011.076, 2.064, 2.069, 3.095, 3.105, 3.112, 3.143, 3.152, 3.153, 3.155, 4.038, 4.044, 4.163, 4.174, 4.354, 5.011, 5.013, 5.024, 5.025, 5.026, 5.064, 5.070

The “Volga” Case (Russian Federation v. Australia), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20021.076, 2.064, 3.134, 4.072, 4.110, 4.245, 4.250, 4.251, 4.341

Case concerning Land Reclamation by Singapore in and around the Straits of Johor (Malaysia v. Singapore), Provisional Measures, Order of 8 October 2003, ITLOS Reports 20031.076, 2.060, 2.064, 2.069, 2.070, 3.095, 3.143, 3.153, 3.155, 4.038, 4.082, 4.121, 4.174, 4.354, 5.014, 5.025, 5.026, 5.070

The “Juno Trader” Case (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines v. Guinea-Bissau), Prompt Release

Order of 1 December 2004, ITLOS Reports 20044.085

Judgment, ITLOS Reports 2005–20071.076, 2.064, 2.125, 3.134, 3.178, 3.180, 4.040, 4.072, 4.085, 4.093, 4.102, 4.121, 4.238, 4.244, 4.250, 4.251, 4.354, 4.355, 5.040

The “Hoshinmaru” Case (Japan v. Russian Federation), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 2005–20071.076, 3.134, 3.175, 3.176, 4.058, 4.101, 4.251, 5.004, 5.034, 5.035

The “Tomimaru” Case (Japan v. Russian Federation), Prompt Release, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 2005–20071.076, 3.134, 3.176, 3.179, 3.180, 3.201, 4.058, 4.101, 4.111, 5.009, 5.040, 5.043

Dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal (Bangladesh/Myanmar), Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20121.042, 1.044, 1.076. 2.036, 2.051, 2.062, 2.064, 2.069, 3.078, 3.079, 3.082, 3.083, 4.027, 4.028, 4.060, 4.076, 4.077, 4.131, 4.143, 4.145, 4.164, 5.004, 5.016, 5.017, 5.022, 5.024, 5.032, 5.035, 5.036

The M/V “Louisa” Case (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines v. Kingdom of Spain)

Provisional Measures, Order of 23 December 2010, ITLOS Reports 2008–20103.095, 3.096, 4.121, 4.133, 4.174, 4.259

Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20131.044, 1.076, 2.064, 2.070, 3.022, 3.045, 3.080, 3.095, 3.096, 4.035, 4.036, 4.040, 4.072, 4.077, 4.097, 4.100, 4.102, 4.116, 4.1214.124, 4.192, 4.354, 5.040

The M/V “Virginia G” Case (Panama/Guinea-Bissau), Judgment of 14 April 2014, ITLOS Reports 20141.044, 1.077, 2.064, 2.070, 3.082, 3.186, 3.195, 3.197, 3.199, 3.239, 4.027, 4.028, 4.040, 4.060, 4.072, 4.077, 4.097, 4.100, 4.102, 4.116, 4.121, 4.133, 4.192, 4.204, 4.207, 4.208, 4.287, 5.024, 5.033, 5.048, 5.054, 5.055, 5.059, 5.062, 5.063, 5.073

The “ARA Libertad” Case (Argentina v. Ghana), Provisional Measures, Order of 15 December 2012, ITLOS Reports 2012 1.076, 2.064, 2.069, 3.019, 3.047, 3.143, 3.147, 3.155, 4.071, 4.072, 4.173, 4.180, 4.296

The “Arctic Sunrise” Case (Kingdom of the Netherlands v. Russian Federation), Provisional Measures, Order of 22 November 2013, ITLOS Reports 20131.076, 2.064, 3.019, 3.065, 3.143, 3.144, 3.147, 4.077, 4.099, 4.100, 4.114, 4.121, 4.124, 4.287, 4.290, 4.341, 4.346, 5.042

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

Order of 12 January 2015, ITLOS Reports 20152.064, 2.067, 2.090, 3.082, 4.027, 4.028, 4.060, 4.257, 4.263, 5.006

Provisional Measures, Order of 25 April 2015, ITLOS Reports 2015 1.044, 2.064, 2.067, 2.069, 3.082, 3.144, 3.145, 3.146, 3.149, 3.156, 4.027, 4.060, 4.072, 4.141, 4.174, 4.257, 5.006

Judgment of 23 September 20171.077, 2.068, 3.087, 5.017

The “Enrica Lexie” Incident (Italy v. India), Provisional Measures, Order of 24 August 2015, ITLOS Reports 20151.076, 2.064, 3.019, 3.143, 3.144, 3.145, 3.146, 3.189, 4.075, 4.096, 4.099, 4.100, 4.174, 5.006, 5.042

The M/V “Norstar” Case (Panama v. Italy), Preliminary Objections, Judgment, ITLOS Reports 20161.044, 1.076, 2.027, 2.064, 2.094, 3.036, 3.037, 3.081, 3.095, 3.097, 3.202, 4.080, 4.142, 4.190, 4.259

Advisory Proceedings

Responsibilities and obligations of States sponsoring persons and entities with respect to activities in the Area (Request for Advisory Opinion submitted to the Seabed Disputes Chamber), Advisory Opinion, 1 February 2011, ITLOS Reports 20113.206, 3.207, 4.312, 4.315, 4.318, 4.321, 4.322, 4.328, 4.344, 5.024, 5.027, 5.028, 5.067, 5.068, 5.074–5.083

Request for an Advisory Opinion submitted by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) (Request for Advisory Opinion submitted to the Tribunal), Advisory Opinion, 2 April 2015, ITLOS Reports 20152.036, 3.213, 3.214, 3.215, 3.216, 3.217, 3.218, 3.219, 3.220, 3.224, 3.228, 3.232, 4.328, 4.330, 4.331, 4.332, 4.333, 4.334, 4.335, 4.345, 5.009, 5.027, 5.033, 5.050, 5.066, 5.084–5.088

PERMANENT COURT OF INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE

Contentious Cases

S.S. “Wimbledon”, Judgment, 1923, P.C.I.J., Series A, No. 11.002

Mavrommatis Palestine Concessions, Judgment No. 2, 1924, P.C.I.J., Series A, No. 23.038, 3.093

“Lotus”, Judgment No. 9, 1927, P.C.I.J., Series A, No. 101.058

Factory at Chorzów, Merits, Judgment No. 13, 1928, P.C.I.J., Series A, No. 175.024

Advisory Proceedings

Status of Eastern Carelia, Advisory Opinion, 1923, P.C.I.J., Series B, No. 53.222

Interpretation of Article 3, Paragraph 2, of the Treaty of Lausanne, Advisory Opinion, 1925, P.C.I.J. Series B, No. 123.222

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE

Contentious Cases

Corfu Channel, Preliminary Objection, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19483.085

Corfu Channel, Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19491.002

Protection of French Nationals and Protected Persons in Egypt, Order of 29 March 1950, I.C.J. Reports 19504.233

Haya de la Torre, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19513.085, 4.225

Fisheries, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19511.058

Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., Preliminary Objection, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19523.085

Monetary Gold Removed from Rome in 1943, Preliminary Question, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19543.036

Nottebohm, Second Phase, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19555.045

Certain Norwegian Loans, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19573.080

Aerial Incident of 27 July 1955 (Israel v. Bulgaria), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19593.199

South West Africa, Preliminary Objections, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19623.093

South West Africa, Second Phase, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19663.024, 3.042

North Sea Continental Shelf, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19691.058, 5.004, 5.019

Fisheries Jurisdiction (United Kingdom v. Iceland),Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19741.058, 1.078

Fisheries Jurisdiction (Federal Republic of Germany v. Iceland), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19741.058, 1.078

Aegean Sea Continental Shelf, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19781.078

Continental Shelf (Tunisia/Libyan Arab Jamahiriya), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19821.078

Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), Provisional Measures, Order of 10 May 1984, I.C.J. Reports 19844.225

Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), Declaration of Intervention, Order of 4 October 1984, I.C.J. Reports 19843.154

Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary in the Gulf of Maine Area, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19841.078, 5.004

Continental Shelf (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya/Malta), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19851.078, 5.004

Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras), Application to intervene, Order of 28 February 1990, I.C.J. Reports 19904.216

Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras), Application to intervene, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19904.219, 4.228

Certain Phosphate Lands in Nauru (Nauru v. Australia), Preliminary Objections, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19924.036

Passage through the Great Belt (Finland v. Denmark), Order of 10 September 1992, I.C.J. Reports 19921.078

Land, Island and Maritime Frontier Dispute (El Salvador/Honduras: Nicaragua intervening), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19921.078, 4.228

Maritime Delimitation in the Area between Greenland and Jan Mayen, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19931.078

East Timor (Portugal v. Australia), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19953.036

Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria, Provisional Measures, Order of 15 March 1996, I.C.J. Reports 19963.154

Gab|$$|Ahcíkovo-Nagymaros Project (Hungary/Slovakia), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19975.024, 5.025

Fisheries Jurisdiction (Spain v. Canada), Jurisdiction of the Court, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 19981.061, 1.062, 1.077, 4.035

Maritime Delimitation and Territorial Questions between Qatar and Bahrain, Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2001 1.087, 5.004, 5.034

Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria (Cameroon v. Nigeria: Equatorial Guinea intervening), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20021.078

Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan und Pulau Sipadan (Indonesia/Malaysia), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20021.061, 1.062, 1.077

Oil Platforms (Islamic Republic of Iran v. United States of America), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20033.021, 4.036, 4.208

Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo (New Application: 2002) (Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Rwanda), Jurisdiction and Admissibility, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20063.023

Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay), Provisional Measures, Order of 13 July 2006, I.C.J. Reports 20063.150, 5.028

Territorial and Maritime Dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Honduras), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20071.061, 1.062, 1.077, 4.145, 5.004, 5.016, 5036

Sovereignty over Pedra Branca/Pulau Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2008 1.061, 1.062, 1.077

Certain Questions of Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters (Djibouti v. France), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20083.085

Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v. Serbia), Preliminary Objections, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20083.018, 3.019, 3.023

Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20091.061, 1.062, 1.077, 5.004, 5.006

Questions relating to the Obligation to Prosecute or Extradite (Belgium v. Senegal), Provisional Measures, Order of 28 May 2009, I.C.J. Reports 20093.145

Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 2012 1.061, 1.062, 1.077, 5.006, 5.016

Request for Interpretation of the Judgment of 15 June 1962 in the Case concerning the Temple of Preah Vihear (Cambodia v. Thailand) (Cambodia v. Thailand), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20135.006

Aerial Herbicide Spraying (Ecuador v. Colombia), Order of 13 September 2013, I.C.J. Reports 20135.006

Maritime Dispute (Peru v. Chile), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20141.061, 1.077, 5.037

Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening), Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20141.061, 1.062, 1.077, 3.174, 4.225

Questions relating to the Seizure and Detention of Certain Documents and Data (Timor-Leste v. Australia), Order of 11 June 2015, I.C.J. Reports 20155.006

Obligation to Negotiate Access to the Pacific Ocean (Bolivia v. Chile), Preliminary Objection, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20151.061, 1.062, 1.077

Alleged Violations of Sovereign Rights and Maritime Spaces in the Caribbean Sea (Nicaragua v. Colombia), Preliminary Objections, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20161.061, 1.062, 1.077

Question of the Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between Nicaragua and Colombia beyond 200 Nautical Miles from the Nicaraguan Coast (Nicaragua v. Colombia), Preliminary Objections, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 20161.061, 1062, 1.077

Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya), Preliminary Objections, Judgment of 2 February 20171.061, 1.062, 1.077, 3.114, 3.115

Jadhav Case (India v. Pakistan), Provisional Measures, Order of 18 May 20171.064

Maritime Delimitation in the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua)1.061, 1.062, 1.077

Advisory Proceedings

Reparation for Injuries Suffered in the Service of the United Nations, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 19495.060

Interpretation of Peace Treaties with Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania, First Phase, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 19503.220, 3.222, 3.233

Western Sahara, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 19753.232, 3.233

Legality of the Use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1996 3.218

Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 19963.225

Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 20043.232

WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

 

Chile – Measures affecting the Transit and Importing of Swordfish (DS193) 1.074

ARBITRAL TRIBUNALS

Arbitral Tribunals Constituted under Annex VII to the Convention

Southern Bluefin Tuna Case (New Zealand v. Japan; Australia v. Japan), Decision of 4 August 2000, XXIII RIAA 1–57 1.076, 3.103, 3.104, 3.107, 3.108, 3.109

Case concerning Land Reclamation by Singapore in and around the Straits of Johor (Malaysia v. Singapore), Decision of 1 September 2005, XXVII RIAA 133–45 1.076

Arbitration between Barbados and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, relating to the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf between them, Decision of 11 April 2006, XXVII RIAA 147–251 1.076, 3.098–3.100, 5.004, 5.016

Arbitration regarding the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Guyana and Suriname, Award of 17 September 2007, XXX RIAA 1–144 1.076

The MOX Plant Case (Ireland v. United Kingdom) Order N°6 of 6 June 2008 1.071, 1.076

The ‘ARA Libertad’ Arbitration (Argentina v. Ghana), Termination Order of 13 November 2013 1.076, 2.060

Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration (Bangladesh v. India), Award of 7 July 2014 1.076, 2.060

The Atlanto-Scandian Herring Arbitration (The Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands v. The European Union), Termination Order of 23 September 2014 1.076

Dispute concerning the ‘Marine Protected Area’ related to the Chagos Archipelago (Mauritius v. United Kingdom)

Reasoned Decision on Challenge, 30 November 2011 2.039, 2.040, 2.060

Award of 18 March 2015 1.076, 3.046, 3.049, 3.054, 3.058, 3.092, 5.006

Arctic Sunrise Arbitration (Netherlands v. Russia), Award on the Merits of 14 August 2015 1.076, 2.060

The South China Sea Arbitration (Republic of the Philippines v. People’s Republic of China)

Award of 29 October 2015 3.054, 3.060, 3.063, 3.109, 5.006

Award of 12 July 2016 1.076, 2.060, 5.008

The Duzgit Integrity Arbitration (Malta v. São Tomé and Príncipe)1.076, 2.060

The Enrica Lexie Incident (Italy v. India)1.076, 2.060

Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation)1.076

Other Arbitral Tribunals

Alabama claims of the United States of America against Great Britain, 14 September 1872, XXIX RIAA 1.002

Award between the United States and the United Kingdom relating to the rights of jurisdiction of United States in the Bering’s sea and the preservation of fur seals, 15 August 1893, XXVIII RIAA 1.002

Dispute between Argentina and Chile concerning the Beagle Channel, 18 February 1977, XXI RIAA, 53–26 1.078

Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the French Republic (UK, France), 30 June 1977 –14 March 1978, XVIII RIAA 1.078

Case concerning the Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, Decision of 14 February 1985, XIX RIAA 149–96 1.078, 5.004

Case concerning Filleting within the Gulf of St Lawrence between Canada and France, Decision of 17 July 1986, XIX RIAA 225–96 1.078

Case concerning the Delimitation of Maritime Boundary between Guinea-Bissau and Senegal, Decision of 31 July 1989, XX RIAA 119–213 1.078

Case concerning the Delimitation of Maritime areas between Canada and France, Decision of 10 June 1992, XXI RIAA 265–341 1.078

Award of the Arbitral Tribunal in the second stage of the proceedings between Eritrea and Yemen (Maritime Delimitation), Decision of 17 December 1999, XXII RIAA 335–410 1.077

Dispute Concerning Access to Information Under Article 9 of the OSPAR Convention between Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Final Award, 2 July 2003, XXIII RIAA 1.068, 1.071, 1.077, 3.239

Arbitration under the Timor Sea Treaty (Timor-Leste v. Australia), Termination Order of 20 March 2017 1.077

Arbitration between the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Slovenia concerning a territorial and maritime dispute between the two States, Final Award, 29 June 2017 1.077