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Professor Dr. Dres. h.c. Rüdiger Wolfrum, former Judge (1996-2017) and former President (2005-2008) of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, addressed a Foreign Policy Round Table on “The Dispute Settlement System under UNCLOS: Current Trends” on 7 December 2017 at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI).
Prof. Wolfrum’s presentation highlighted that it is essential for disputes between states to be settled in a way that preserves peace and good governance. He also emphasised that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) provides a mandatory dispute settlement mechanism.
The round table was organised in collaboration with the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law. It was attended by Mrs. W. M. M. R. Adikari, Secretary, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development; Admiral Jayanath Colombage, former Navy Commander; Mr. M. C. W. Pinto, Consultant to the Government of Sri Lanka on issues of international law; Mr. Gritakumar E. Chitty, former Registrar of ITLOS; as well as several President Counsels, senior academics, and representatives of international organisations.
The round table was moderated by Dr. Dinusha Panditaratne, Executive Director of LKI.
Click here for the key takeaways from the round table.