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1 See International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Yearbook, 1996-97, The Hague et al., 1999.

2 They Rules, the Guidelines and the Resolution are in the bilingual English and French official publication International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, Basic Texts, The Hague, 1999, together with the Statute of the Tribunal, the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea and other relevant documents. All these texts are available also on the UN website: 3 Cf. the Response of the International Court of Justice to General Assembly Resolution 52/161 of 15 December 1997, ILM, 1998, p. 1466 ff., and the amendments of 5 December 2000 to Articles 79 and 80 of the Rules, available on the Court's website ' All Judgments and most Orders of the Tribunal are available (together with written and oral pleadings) on the UN website They are also usually reproduced in International Legal Materials. The first volume, for 1997, of the official bilingual Reports of Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders (abbreviated as ITLOS Reports), has been published by Kluwer in 2000.

5 Press release of the European Commission of 25 January 2001, available on the PICT website 6 Saint-Vincent and the Grenadines and Guinea agreed on 20 February 1998 to submit to the Tribunal the "Saiga" case which Saint Vincent and the Grenadines had submitted to an arbitral tribunal with a notification of 22 December 1997. The text of the Agreement is in the Judgment of the Tribunal on the MlV "Saiga" (No. 2) case of 1 July 1999, para. 4; in paras. 46-54 a question of interpretation of the agreement is discussed. Chile and the European Communities agreed on bringing to a Special Chamber of the Tribunal a dispute concerning the conservation and sustainable exploitation of swordfish stocks in the south-eastern Pacific for which Chile had instituted an arbitral procedure under Article 287, paragraph 3, of the Convention, by an exchange of notes of 18-19 December 2000, reproduced in para. 4 of the Order of the Tribunal for the constitution of the Chamber of 20 December 2000. 7 ITLOS Reports, 1997, p. 13 f£; ILM, 1998, p. 360 ff

g ILM, 1998, p. 1202 ff. 9 ILM, 1999, p. 1323 ff.

10 Paras. 137-138. See the Separate Opinion of Judge Vukas, and the indications in paras. 56-58 of the Judgment of 4 December 1997. " ILM, 1999, p. 1624.

12 Available on the World Bank website: 13 It is interesting to note that the other condition set out in Article 281, namely that "the agreement between the parties does not exclude any further procedure" was neither raised by the parties nor addressed by the Tribunal, while, in its award of 4 August 2000 quoted above, the arbitral tribunal found that it had no jurisdiction because, in its opinion, that requirement had not been satisfied.

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