The Rules of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

A Commentary

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, a judicial institution created by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, began its activities on 1 October 1996. Together with the Statute of the Tribunal (Annex VI to the Convention), the Rules of the Tribunal, adopted on 28 October 1997, govern the functioning of the Tribunal and the proceedings before it. The objective of this Commentary is to give to legal practitioners and academics a detailed analysis of the provisions contained in the Rules. In doing so, the contributors, who are Judges of the Tribunal or members of its Registry, paid particular attention to the practice and the jurisprudence of the Tribunal as well as to the corresponding provisions in the Rules of the International Court of Justice.
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Biographical Note

P. Chandrasekhara Rao is Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea since 1996. He served as President of the Tribunal from 1999 to 2002.
Ph. Gautier is Registrar of the Tribunal since 2001. He served as Deputy Registrar from 1997 to 2001. He is Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain.

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Given the contemporary scholarship phenomenon of commentaries on various international court rules […], this work comes highly recommended for any serious research or practice collection which even tangentially addresses Law of the Sea issues. The editors have done a remarkable job of mining the rich vein of materials which have finally surfaced in this lasting contribution to Law of the Sea literature

UN21 Interest Group Newsletter, Issue #37

Table of contents

Preface, List of Contributors, List of Abbreviations, Commentary on the Rules of the Tribunal Preamble, Part I. Use of Terms, Part II. Organization 11, Part III. Procedure, Annexes, Bibliography, List of Cases, List of References to Articles of the Convention, Statute and Rules of the Tribunal and Statute and Rules of the ICJ, Index.

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