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ITLOS and the Saga of the Saiga: Peaceful Settlement of a Law of the Sea Dispute

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The Saiga No. 2 case was the first judgment on the merits by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the final phase of a dispute with a complicated procedural history, using several of the provisions of Part XV of the LOS Convention. The case raised a number of procedural and evidentiary issues, relating to the presentation of witnesses, the burden of proof and the standard of proof. It clarified the meaning of "genuine link", confirmed the law on hot pursuit, settled the law on use of force in the arrest of foreign vessels, and made clear that coastal states did not enjoy customs jurisdiction in the EEZ, while leaving aside the question of jurisdiction over offshore bunkering. The Tribunal is to be commended for not permitting technical issues to prevent it from doing justice in the case.

Affiliations: 1: University of Southampton


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