The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has unanimously prescribed provisional measures under article 290(1) of UNCLOS in the case, Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean (Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire).
The Order of the 25 April can be found here, along with the Separate Opinion of Judge ad hoc Mensah here. For a summary, refer to the Press Release here.
The Arbitral Tribunal in the case submitted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has issued its fourth Procedural Order, deciding to conduct a hearing in July 2015 on the Arbitral Tribunal’s jurisdiction. More information is available in the PCA’s press release.
The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, established to deal with the dispute concerning delimitation of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean will deliver its Order in the provisional measures phase of the case on Saturday, 25 April 2015. Judge Boualem Bouguetaia, President of the Special Chamber, will read the Order at a public sitting which will be held at 3 p.m. More information available in the ITLOS press release.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Maritime University (WMU) and the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group of the Arctic Council have announced a call for papers for a joint International Conference on Safe and Sustainable Shipping in a Changing Arctic Environment (ShipArc 2015), to be held from 25 to 27 August 2015 at WMU in Malmö, Sweden. Papers under all themes will inform and enrich the conference discussions. The abstract submission deadline is 31 May 2015 and more information can be found here.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has on the 2nd April 2015 given its advisory opinion in Case No. 21, Request for an advisory opinion submitted by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC). The questions referred to the Tribunal were “1. What are the obligations of the flag State in cases where illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities are conducted within the Exclusive Economic Zones of third party States? 2. To what extent shall the flag State be held liable for IUU fishing activities conducted by vessels sailing under its flag? 3. Where a fishing license is issued to a vessel within the framework of an international agreement with the flag State or with an international agency, shall the State or international agency be held liable for the violation of the fisheries legislation of the coastal State by the vessel in question? 4. What are the rights and obligations of the coastal State in ensuring the sustainable management of shared stocks and stocks of common interest, especially the small pelagic species and tuna?”.
The advisory opinion can be found here, along with a summary press release.
Availing themselves of the right conferred under article 125(2), of the Rules of the Tribunal, two declarations were appended: Declaration of Judge Wolfrum and Declaration of Judge Cot.
Exercising the right conferred by article 30(3), of the Statute of the Tribunal, three separate opinions were given: Separate opinion of Judge Ndiaye; Separate opinion of Judge Lucky, and Separate opinion of Judge Paik.