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The Early Practice of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

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The Tribunal and its Seabed Disputes Chamber were to exercise wide jurisdiction ratione personae over not only the States Parties and international organizations such as the International Seabed Authority, but also mining consortia in the private sector. The members of the Tribunal were aware, in many instances from direct personal experience, that the outcome of the debates at the Conference had been an advance over the solution reached at the Geneva Conference on the Law of the Sea of 1958. The practice of the Tribunal has been shaped by some early decisions contained in its Rules, its Resolution on Internal Judicial Practice and its Guidelines. In Rule 49, the Tribunal declared its general policy to administer justice in an efficient manner so as to avoid unnecessary expense for the litigants and the States Parties, as well as unnecessary delays.

Keywords: International Seabed Authority; Law of the Sea; Seabed Disputes Chamber; States Parties; Tribunal



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