Dispute settlement in the law of the sea: Survey for 2019

Robin Churchill (Lead / Corresponding author)

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This is the latest in a series of annual surveys in this Journal reviewing dispute settlement in the law of the sea, both under Part XV of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and outside the framework of the Convention. It covers developments during 2019. The most significant developments concerned the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). It delivered its judgment in the M/V Norstar (Panama v. Italy) case (concerning bunkering on the high seas and the scope of non-flag State prescriptive jurisdiction over vessels); made two provisional orders – in the Detention of Three Ukrainian Naval Vessels (Ukraine v. Russia) and San Padre Pio (Switzerland v. Nigeria) cases, both concerned with the alleged unlawful seizure and detention of ships; and was seized of two new cases. In addition, an arbitral tribunal made an award of reparation in the Duzgit Integrity (Malta v. São Tomé and Príncipe) case.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-659
Number of pages39
JournalInternational Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
Issue number4
Early online date7 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Arbitration
  • Bunkering
  • International Court of Justice (ICJ)
  • International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS)
  • Jurisdiction over vessels
  • Maritime boundary delimitation
  • Seizure and detention of vessels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • General Environmental Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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