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The Role of ITLOS in the Settlement of Law of the Sea Disputes

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The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has a core competence to deal with all disputes and all applications submitted to it in accordance with the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention. As an international judicial body with specialized jurisdiction, the ITLOS is particularly positioned to play a major role in the settlement of international law of the sea disputes. This role is enhanced by the fact that the Convention confers on the ITLOS certain functions which are indeed unique in international adjudication. The ITLOS, as a full court, has also jurisdiction to entertain requests for advisory opinions, based on a procedure which has no parallel in previous adjudication practice. The jurisdiction of the ITLOS ratione personae also represents an interesting development of procedural international law.

Keywords:ITLOS; UN Law of the Sea Convention



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