The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has disclosed it preparedness to give the final verdict of the Ghana-Ivory Coast border dispute on Saturday, 23rd of September 2017 at exactly 11am. The Court made this known in a press release dated 7th September 2017.
The battle for the true and legal ownership comes to an end this September. The two year old dispute started in 2015 when Ghana’s neighboring country Ivory Coast challenged the ownership of Ghana’s oil field. In April 2015, the Tribunal court ordered Ghana to suspend all new drilling in the disputed area, due to a request made by Ivory Coast. This decision downplayed Tullow’s activities which also resulted in the failure to drill additional 13 wells.
According to the release, the verdict will be read at a public sitting and will be broadcast live on the https://www.itlos.org/ . Furthermore, the text of the Judgment will be made available on the website of the Tribunal shortly after its delivery and a recorded webcast of the reading will be made available under Webcast Archives after the close of the sitting.
Members of the diplomatic and consular corps wishing to attend the reading are requested to contact the Tribunal’s Protocol Office. Members of the general public are requested to register with the Press Office. Members of the press are requested to submit their accreditation form to the Press Office.
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) is an independent judicial body established by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982. The court has so far handled about twenty- five (25) cases during which all cases pass through a systematic proceeding either by written application or by notification of a special agreement. Its membership comprises a President, Vice President and (19) nineteen judges. The court has recently elected top lawyer Neeru Chadha as a judge in June.