ITLOS Trust Fund
Voluntary trust fund to assist States in the settlement of disputes through the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Eligibility for Assistance
Assistance may be provided to States parties to the Convention who have, or are about to submit cases to the Tribunal, including its Seabed Disputes Chamber and any other Chamber, and primarily where cases are proceeding to the merits and where jurisdiction is not an issue. Exceptionally, States may be provided with assistance for other phases of proceedings.
The State must request the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) for financial assistance from the Voluntary Trust Fund through its Permanent Mission in New York.
It must submit a completed application form, providing information on the case and details on the expenditures for which assistance is requested (including copies of estimates or receipts documenting each of these); and
A commitment to supply a certified final statement of account of the expenditures. This is a pre-requisite to the disbursement of assistance from the Trust Fund. The UN cannot disburse funds without receipt from the requesting State of an audited statement of account.