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The Role of ITLOS as a Means of Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS

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The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (&t;the Tribunal, ITLOS&t;) is a permanent international judicial body, set up in 1996 in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. The role of the Tribunal is to act as one of the means of dispute settlement under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (&t;the Convention, UNCLOS&t;). The Tribunal is an autonomous international organisation which provides services to the States Parties, now totalling 138 or 70% of the international community. With 21 elected members, the Tribunal is a large judicial body. The judges enjoy a positive collegial spirit. The jurisdiction of the Tribunal is laid down in the Convention, including Parts XI and XV, plus Annex VI. The Saiga, a tanker, was seized 70 miles offshore, just beyond the southern limit of the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) claimed by Guinea in its legislation.

Keywords: dispute settlement; exclusive economic zone (EEZ); ITLOS; Saiga; States Parties; UNCLOS



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