Oceans and Law of the Sea

Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS)
Membership of the Commission from 1997 to 2007


Last updated: 26 June 2012

    In accordance with the provisions of article 2 of Annex II to the Convention, "the Commission shall consist of twenty-one members who shall be experts in the field of geology, geophysics or hydrography, elected by States Parties to the Convention from among their nationals, having due regard to the need to ensure equitable geographical representation, who shall serve in their personal capacities".

 2007-2012

    On 14 and 15 June 2007, the Seventeenth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea elected 21 members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for a term of five years, commencing from 16 June 2007. These members were:

 

2007-2012 MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF

(elected on 14 and 15 June 2007 for a term of five years (2007 - 2012), commencing from 16 June 2007

 
Name Nationality
[Albuquerque, Alexandre Tagore Medeiros de - passed away on 29 March 2012]* (Brazil)
Astiz, Osvaldo Pedro  (Argentina)
Awosika, Lawrence Folajimi (Nigeria)
Brekke, Harald (Norway)
Carrera Hurtado, Galo (Mexico)
Charles, Francis L. (Trinidad and Tobago)
Croker, Peter F. (Ireland)
Fagoonee, Indurlall (Mauritius)
German, Mihai Silviu (Romania)
Jaafar, Abu Bakar (Malaysia)
Jaoshvili, George (Georgia)
Kalngui, Emmanuel (Cameroon)
Kazmin, Yuri Borisovitch (Russian Federation)
Lu, Wenzheng (China)
Oduro, Isaac Owusu (Ghana)
Park, Yong-Ahn  (Republic of Korea)
Pimentel, Fernando Manuel Maia (Portugal)
Rajan, Sivaramakrishnan (India)
Rosette, Michael Anselme Marc (Seychelles)
Symonds, Philip Alexander  (Australia)
[Tamaki, Kensaku - passed away on 5 April 2011]* (Japan)
Urabe, Tetsuro [elected on 11 August 2011 for the remainder of Mr. Tamaki's term of office] (Japan)
 
Note: The curricula vitae of the candidates have been circulated in document SPLOS/151.

Officers of the Commission 2009-2012

Chairman: Galo Carrera Hurtado (elected on 9 April 2012 for the rest of Mr. Albuquerque's term of office)

 Vice-Chairmen: Lawrence Folajimi Awosika, Harald Brekke, Yuri Borisovitch Kazmin, Yong-Ahn Park.

Subsidiary bodies:

  • Committee on Confidentiality

At its twentieth session, the Commission appointed Messrs. Astiz, Croker, Kazmin, Rosette and [Tamaki]* to the Committee on Confidentiality. The Committee elected Mr. Croker as Chairman and Messrs. Rosette and [Tamaki]* as Vice-Chairmen. At its twenty-eighth session, the Commission appointed Mr. Urabe as member of the Committee.

  • Committee on provision of scientific and technical advice to coastal States

At its twentieth session, the Commission appointed Messrs. Charles, German, Kalngui, Rajan and Symonds to the Standing Committee on provision of scientific and technical advice to coastal States. The Committee elected Mr. Symonds as Chairman and Messrs. Kalngui and Rajan as Vice-Chairmen.

  • Editorial Committee (open-ended)

The Editorial Committee has open-ended membership. Nevertheless, at its twentieth session, the Commission decided that Messrs. [Albuquerque]*, Astiz, Awosika, Carrera, Charles, Croker, Jaafar, Kalngui, Kazmin, Lu, Oduro, Park, Rajan and Rosette would form the core group of the Editorial Committee. The Committee elected Mr. Jaafar as Chairman and Messrs. Croker and Rajan as Vice-Chairmen.

  • Training Committee (open-ended)

The Training Committee has open-ended membership. Nevertheless, at its twentieth session, the Commission decided that Messrs. Awosika, Brekke, Carrera, Charles, German, Kalngui, Oduro, Park, Rosette and [Tamaki]* would form the core group of the Training Committee. The Committee elected Mr. Carrera as Chairman and Messrs. Oduro and Park as Vice-Chairmen.


Second membership of the Commission - 2002-2007

  On 23 April 2002, the Twelfth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea elected 21 members of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf for a term of five years, commencing from 16 June 2002. These members were:

2002-2007 MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF

(elected on 23 April 2002 for a term of five years (2002 - 2007), commencing from 16 June 2002 and ending on 15 June 2007

 
Name Nationality
Al-Azri, Hilal Mohamed Sultan  (Oman)
Albuquerque, Alexandre Tagore Medeiros de (Brazil)
Astiz, Osvaldo Pedro  (Argentina)
Awosika, Lawrence Folajimi (Nigeria)
Betah, Samuel Sona (Cameroon)
Brekke, Harald (Norway)
Carrera Hurtado, Galo (Mexico)
Croker, Peter F. (Ireland)
Fagoonee, Indurlall (Mauritius)
Francis, Noel Newton St. Claver (Jamaica)
German, Mihai Silviu (Romania)
Jaafar, Abu Bakar (Malaysia)
Juračić, Mladen (Croatia)
Kazmin, Yuri Borisovitch (Russian Federation)
Lu, Wenzheng (China)
Park, Yong-Ahn  (Republic of Korea)
Pimentel, Fernando Manuel Maia (Portugal)
Symonds, Philip Alexander  (Australia)
Tamaki, Kensaku  (Japan)
Thakur, Naresh Kumar  (India)
Woeledji, Yao Ubučnalč (Togo)
 

Officers of the Commission 2004-2007

    At its fourteenth session, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from  30 August to 3 September  2004, the Commission reelected Peter Croker as its Chairman.

    The Commission also elected Messrs. Francis, Juračić, Park, and Woeledji as Vice-Chairmen.

    Their term of office commences in December 2004 and expires in June 2007.

 It is recalled that, at its eleventh session, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from  24 to 28 June 2002, the Commission had elected Peter Croker as its Chairman.

 It further recalled that at the eleventh session, the Commission had elected three Vice-Chairmen, Osvaldo Pedro Astiz, Lawrence Folajimi Awosika and Mladen Juracic, and the Rapporteur, Yong-Ahn Park. All officers had been elected to a term of two and a half years.

Subsidiary bodies: 2004-2007

Committee on Confidentiality

At its eleventh session, the Commission had appointed the following members to the Committee on Confidentiality: Osvaldo Pedro Astiz, Samuel Sona Betah, Harald Brekke, Abu Bakar Jaafar and Yuri Borisovitch Kazmin.

During the fourteenth session of the Commission, the Committee met briefly on 3 September 2004 and re-elected Mr. Jaafar as Chairman, and Mr. Astiz and Mr. Brekke as Vice-Chairmen.

It is recalled that, at the eleventh session of the Commission, the Committee had elected Mr. Jaafar as Chairman, Mr. Brekke as Vice-Chairman and Mr. Astiz as Rapporteur.

Committee on provision of scientific and technical advice to coastal States

At its eleventh session, the Commission had also appointed the following as members of the Standing Committee on provision of scientific and technical advice to coastal States: Lawrence Folajimi Awosika, Noel Newton St. Claver Francis, Mihai Silviu German, Philip Alexander Symonds and Kensaku Tamaki.

During the fourteenth session of the Commission, a brief meeting of the Committee was held on 3 September 2004, during which it proceeded with the election of its Chairman and other officers. The Committee re-elected Mr. Symonds as Chairman, and Mr. Awosika and Mr. Tamaki as Vice-Chairmen.

It is recalled that, at the eleventh session of the Commission, the Committee had elected Mr. Symonds as Chairman, Mr. Tamaki as Vice-Chairman and Mr. Awosika as Rapporteur.

Editorial Committee (open-ended)

During the fourteenth session of the Commission, Mr. Fagoonee was elected Chairman of the Editorial Committee for the next two-and-a-half-years.

 It is recalled that, at its eleventh session, the Editorial Committee had elected Harald Brekke as Chairman.

Training Committee (open-ended)

During the fourteenth session of the Commission, Mr. Brekke was elected Chairman of the Training Committee for the next two-and-a-half-years.

It is recalled that, at its eleventh session, the Training Committee had elected Indurlall Fagoonee as Chairman.


First membership of the Commission - 1997-2002

 Twenty-eight candidates for membership to the Commission were nominated by States Parties for the first election, which took place at the Sixth Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (New York, 10 - 14 March 1997). The election was conducted in accordance with article 2, paragraph 3, of Annex II to the Convention (see document SPLOS/20).

    On 13 March 1997, the 21 members of the Commission were elected for a term of five years and began their term of office on the date of the first meeting of the Commission - 16 June 1997. On that date, each of them made a solemn declaration to perform his duties as a member of the Commission honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously. The members of the Commission may be re-elected in accordance with Annex II, article 2(4) of the Convention.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF FROM 1997-2002

(elected for a term of five years (1997 - 2002)

 
Name Nationality
Mr. Alexandre Tagore Medeiros de Albuquerque Brazil
Mr. Osvaldo Pedro Astiz Argentina
Mr. Lawrence F. Awosika Nigeria
Mr. Aly Ibrahim Beltagy Egypt
Mr. Samuel Sona Betah Cameroon
Mr. Harald Brekke Norway
Mr. Galo Carrera Hurtado Mexico
Mr. André C.W. Chan Chim Yuk Mauritius
Mr. Peter F. Croker Ireland
Mr. Noel Newton St. Claver Francis Jamaica
Mr. Kazuchika Hamuro Japan
Mr. Karl H.F. Hinz Germany
Mr. A. Bakar Jaafar Malaysia
Mr. Mladen Juracic Croatia
Mr. Yuri Borisovitch Kazmin Russian Federation
Mr. Iain C. Lamont New Zealand
Mr. Wenzheng Lu China
Mr. Chisengu Leo M'Dala Zambia
Mr. Yong-Ahn Park Republic of Korea
Mr. Daniel Rio France
Mr. Krishna-Swami Ramachandran Srinivasan India
 

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