International tribunal takes up island maritime boundary dispute
Mauritius and the Maldives submit delimitation of maritime boundary dispute to ITLOS
Following the submission of a maritime boundary dispute by Mauritius and the Maldives to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), the tribunal ordered that a special chamber be formed on Friday to deal with the matter.
The Special Chamber consists of President Paik (Republic of Korea), Judges Jesus (Cabo Verde), Cot (France), Yanai (Japan), Bouguetaia (Algeria), Heidar (Iceland) and Chadha (India), and two judges ad hoc. Mauritius will make its choice of judge ad hoc in due course. Bernard Oxman has been chosen by Maldives as judge ad hoc. President Paik serves as President of the Special Chamber.
The Parties agreed to transfer the arbitral proceedings instituted on 18 June 2019 by Mauritius under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to a special chamber of the Tribunal during consultations with President Paik, held at the Tribunal on 17 September 2019.