INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an independent judicial body established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It has jurisdiction over any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention, and over all matters specifically provided for in any other agreement which confers jurisdiction on the Tribunal (Statute, article 21).
It is composed of 21 independent judges and is assisted by a Registry. The judges are elected by secret ballot, for renewable terms of nine years, by the States Parties to the Convention, from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and possessing recognised competence in the law of the sea. To ensure continuity, elections of one third of the Judges take place every three years.
The seat of ITLOS is in Hamburg, Germany and its official working languages are English and French.
Source: the official website of ITLOS
Topics MUNLawS 2016
To be announced
Organization of the ITLOS Committee
You can apply to the MUNLawS International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as an Advocate or a Judge. The working procedure of the of the committee will be led by the President of the Court, who will also prepare the Study Guide that will be published on this website prior to the Conference.
There shall be four Advocates in teams of two in the Tribunal committee. One pair shall act on behalf of the Applicant and the other on behalf of the Respondent while presenting the case before the Tribunal. Each pair shall prepare a written memorandum prior to the Conference and submit it to the Academic team. The memorandum will be reviewed by the MUNLawS Academic team and shall represent 1/3 of the final score of the Advocates, based on which the Best Advocate title will be awarded. The presentation before the Tribunal, scored by the Judges, shall represent the remaining 2/3 of the final score. Precise instructions on how to write a memorandum will be published on this website.
The Judges shall read the memorandums of the Applicant and the Respondent prior to the Conference. They shall then closely attend to the presentations of both parties, ask the Advocates questions with regard to their presentations and express their opinion during Judges’ deliberation. At the end of the presentation, the Judges shall vote on the pleadings made by the Advocates and write a judgment based on the outcome of the vote. Based on their performance during the sessions, the Judges’ work shall be scored by the President.