The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea and Human Rights

Petrig, Anna and Bo, Marta. (2019) The International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea and Human Rights. In: Human Rights Norms in 'Other' International Courts. Cambridge, pp. 353-411.

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Discussion on human rights before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ITLOS or Tribunal) often refers to its 'considerations of humanity' dictum. Yet this is just one way the Tribunal takes into account the interests and rights of individuals affected by law of the sea disputes. This chapter uncovers multiple modes of engagement of ITLOS with human rights - some subtle, some bold - across three types of procedure: prompt release, provisional measures and merits cases. It illustrates how ITLOS has achieved a 'humanisation' of the obligation of prompt release through its context- and purpose-based interpretation; likewise, parties increasingly invoke, and ITLOS tacitly relies upon, human rights as a basis for provisional measures. While the Tribunal's reliance on individual rights in merits decisions remains limited to date, it may consider human rights on the basis of 'reference provisions' within UNCLOS, the 'considerations of humanity' dictum and the prohibition on abuse of rights. The analysis reveals that ITLOS has paved the way for human rights to be taken into account in law of the sea disputes and that UNCLOS provides a legal framework for it.
Faculties and Departments:02 Faculty of Law > Departement Rechtswissenschaften > Fachbereich Öffentliches Recht > Professur für Völkerrecht und Öffentliches Recht (Petrig)
UniBasel Contributors:Petrig, Anna
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Series Name:Studies on international courts and tribunals
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