International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
- International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an intergovernmental organization created by the mandate of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea. It was established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, signed at Montego Bay, Jamaica, on December 10, 1982. The Convention entered into force on November 16, 1994, and established an international framework for law over "all ocean space, its uses and resources". The Convention also established the International Seabed Authority, with responsibility for the regulation of seabed mining beyond the limits of national jurisdiction, that is beyond the limits of the territorial sea, the contiguous zone and the continental shelf.
The Tribunal has the power to settle disputes between member states (there are currently 155 - 154 and the European Community).
According to its founding statute, the Tribunal has a set of 21 serving judges from a variety of member states in three primary bodies:
*The Chamber of Summary Procedure
*The Chamber for Fisheries Disputes
*The Chamber for Marine Environment Disputes
In addition, at the request of Chile and the European Community, the Tribunal has also formed a special chamber to deal with the case concerning the Conservation and Sustainable Exploitation of Swordfish Stocks in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean (Chile/European Community).
It is seated in Hamburg, Germany.
* [http://www.itlos.org/ Official ITLOS Site]
* [http://www.iflos.org/ International Foundation for the Law of the Sea]
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