International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Trust Fund
 
   

     This Trust Fund ("the Fund") was established in 2000 by the Secretary-General in accordance with General Assembly resolution 55/7 and pursuant to the Agreement on Cooperation and Relationship between the United Nations and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (“the Tribunal”) of 18 December 1997 (resolution 52/251, annex).

     Resolution 55/7 - Oceans and the Law of the Sea noted with satisfaction the continued contribution of the Tribunal to the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with Part XV of the Convention, and underlined its important role and authority concerning the interpretation or application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("the Convention") and the Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the Convention. The resolution further encouraged States parties to the Convention to consider making a written declaration choosing from the means set out in article 287 for the settlement of disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the Convention and the Agreement, and invited States to note the provisions of annexes V, VI, VII and VIII to the Convention concerning, respectively, conciliation, the Tribunal, arbitration and special arbitration. Operative paragraph 9 of that resolution requested the Secretary-General to establish a voluntary trust fund to assist States in the settlement of disputes through the Tribunal, and to report annually to the Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on the status of the fund.

     According to its Terms of Reference, the purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance to States parties to the Convention for expenses incurred in connection with cases submitted, or to be submitted, to the Tribunal, including its Seabed Disputes Chamber and any other Chamber. Under the Terms of Reference, assistance should only be provided in appropriate cases, principally those proceeding to the merits where jurisdiction is not an issue, but in exceptional circumstances may be provided for any phase of the proceedings.

     The terms of reference also provide for a List of offers of professional assistance which may be made  suitably qualified persons or bodies.

  Terms of Reference, Guidelines and Rules  (The Terms of Reference are annexed to resolution 55/7 of 30 October 2000 (Annex I)).
    List of offers of professional assistance
     
   

Resolution 55/7 
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    To make an application to this Trust Fund and for any additional information, please contact the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea at doalos@un.org - Telephone: +1 212 963 3962 - Fax: +1 917 367 0560
     
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