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Only the President of the Tribunal is permanently based in Hamburg. The other judges must be permanently available to exercise their functions and travel to Hamburg for cases and organizational sessions. How are the President and Vice-President chosen and for how long? The judges elect the President and Vice-President from among themselves by secret ballot for three years.

What is a judge ad hoc? A party to a case that does not have a judge of its own nationality on the bench may nominate a person to sit as a judge during the case. The judge ad hoc participates in that case on an equal basis with the other judges. Have any chambers been constituted? The Registry is the administrative organ of the Tribunal.

What are the responsibilities of the Registrar? The Registrar is responsible for all legal and administrative work, for the assessment and collection of contributions, and for the administration of the accounts and finances of the Tribunal.

The Registrar is the regular channel of communications to and from the Tribunal, keeps the List of cases, and keeps copies of communications and agreements as required by the Rules. How many members of staff are there?

There are currently 38 members of staff. Is there a geographical distribution of staff? The Tribunal endeavours to maintain as wide a geographical distribution as possible in its selection of staff.

There are currently 18 different nationalities represented at the Tribunal. The List of cases is a list of all the cases that have been submitted to the Tribunal. How many cases have been submitted to the Tribunal so far? Twenty-eight cases have been submitted to the Tribunal to date. How are proceedings instituted before the Tribunal? Disputes before the Tribunal are instituted either by written application or by notification of a special agreement.

The procedure to be followed for the institution of proceedings before the Tribunal is defined in the Statute and the Rules of the Tribunal as well as in the Guidelines concerning the Preparation and Presentation of Cases before the Tribunal.

What type of cases are submitted to the Tribunal? Any case arising out of the application or interpretation of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea may be brought to the Tribunal. In the cases submitted to the Tribunal to date the following matters have figured prominently: prompt release of vessels and crews under article of the Convention, coastal State jurisdiction in its maritime zones, freedom of navigation, hot pursuit, marine environment, flags of convenience and conservation of fish stocks.

Are the hearings open to the public? The hearings are public unless the Tribunal decides otherwise or the parties to the case request that the public not be admitted. People wishing to attend the hearings should register with the Press Office in advance to ensure entry.

Who bears the expenses of the Tribunal for cases submitted to it? Expenses of the Tribunal, including expenses incurred on account of cases submitted to it, are borne by the States Parties to the Convention through the budget of the Tribunal. States Parties are therefore not required to pay the Tribunal any additional amount if they are parties to cases before the Tribunal.

Non-States Parties would be required to pay a fee fixed by the Tribunal. What law is applied by the Tribunal? The Tribunal applies the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and other rules of international law not incompatible with the Convention. Can experts be appointed by the Tribunal? If the Tribunal decides that it requires expert advice on a case involving technical or scientific matters it may select an expert under article of the Convention, to be chosen in consultation with the parties and preferably from the list of experts maintained in accordance with article 2 of Annex VIII to the Convention.

Can parties present witnesses during hearings? Witnesses can be presented during hearings. Is the Tribunal the only court dealing with law of the sea cases? The Tribunal is one means for the settlement of disputes arising out of the Convention, the other means being the International Court of Justice, an arbitral tribunal constituted in accordance with Annex VII to the Convention, and a special arbitral tribunal constituted in accordance with Annex VIII to the Convention.

Generally speaking, all parties to a case have to accept the jurisdiction of the Tribunal before the case is dealt with by the Tribunal. The jurisdiction may be accepted either before the dispute arises or thereafter.

Can only States Parties submit cases to the Tribunal? The Tribunal is also open to entities other than States Parties to the Convention in any case expressly provided for in Part XI of the Convention or in any case submitted pursuant to any other agreement conferring jurisdiction on the Tribunal which is accepted by all the parties to that case.

In Part XI provision is made, for example, for private companies or individuals to bring cases to the Seabed Disputes Chamber in connection with activities in the Area. The decisions of the Tribunal are final and binding and the parties to the dispute are required to comply with them. However, the Tribunal has no means of enforcing its decisions. What is a prompt release case? Article of the Convention deals with cases relating to the prompt release of vessels and crews from detention, in certain cases when it is alleged that the detaining State has not complied with the provisions of the Convention for the prompt release of vessels and crews upon the posting of a reasonable bond or other financial security.

Under its Rules, the Tribunal is required to deliver its judgments in such cases within 30 days of the date upon which the application is filed with the Tribunal. Are provisional measures prescribed by the Tribunal effective? The parties to a dispute are required to comply promptly with any provisional measures prescribed by the Tribunal either under article , paragraph 1, of the Convention or under article , paragraph 5, of the Convention.

Is there any recourse to appeal? The decisions of the Tribunal are final. However, the Rules of the Tribunal make provision regarding requests for the interpretation or revision of a judgment. Guided tours of the Tribunal can be arranged for groups of up to 30 people. Tours last approximately one-and-a-half hours and are conducted in English, French or German. Does the Tribunal have any publications?

The website is the best place to start in order to obtain general information. In addition a brochure on the Tribunal may be obtained from the Press Office. How do I find out about jobs or internships at the Tribunal?

All vacancies are posted here. Questions thereto may be sent to the Personnel Department. Information about the internship programme is also available here or from the Press Office.

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Only the President of the Tribunal is permanently based in Hamburg. The other judges must be permanently available to exercise their functions and travel to Hamburg for cases and organizational sessions. How are the President and Vice-President chosen and for how long? The judges elect the President and Vice-President from among themselves by secret ballot for three years. What is a judge ad hoc?

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Vule Official communications and means of communication In all cases submitted to the Tribunal, communications, notifications and documents are addressed to the Registrar, who is the regular channel ruls communications to and from the Tribunal Rules, articles 36, paragraph 1 aand Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros. International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Tribunal international du droit de la mer. In all cases submitted to the Tribunal, communications, notifications and documents are addressed to the Registrar, who is the regular channel of communications to and from the Tribunal Rules, articles 36, paragraph 1 aand Law of the sea Intergovernmental organizations established by treaty United Nations courts and tribunals United Nations General Assembly observers Organizations established in Organisations based in Hamburg establishments in Jamaica. According to its founding statute, the Tribunal has a set of 21 serving judges from a variety of states parties. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. There are currently signatories, states plus the Ryles Union. The Registrar keeps a List of cases submitted to the Tribunal Rules, article 36, paragraph 1 b.

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Bakree Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. All documents, pleadings and other communications may be delivered to the Tribunal directly, by courier or by regular mail. They are to be conducted without unnecessary delay or expense Rules, articles 44, paragraph 1, and In other projects Wikimedia Commons. The tribunal is based in Hamburg, Germany. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Antonio Cachapuz de Medeiros.

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