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Summary of ITLOS’ judgment

  • SOURCE: | Kwabena Tabiri
  • The following are the 7 points summary of the judgment delivered by Special Chamber of the ITLOS. The Special Chamber unanimously:

    1.      Have the jurisdiction to delimit the maritime boundary between the two states in the territorial sea both within and beyond 200 nautical miles

    2.      Finds that there is no tacit agreement between the two states to delimit their territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf both within and beyond 200 nm, and rejects Ghana’s claim that Côte d’Ivoire is estopped from objecting to the “customary equidistance boundary”

    3.      Finds that the single maritime boundary for the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf within and beyond 200 nm starts at BP 55+ with the coordinates 05° 05’ 23.2” N, 03° 06’ 21.2’’ W in WGS 84 as a geodetic datum

    4.      Have the jurisdiction to decide on the claim of Côte d’Ivoire against Ghana on the alleged international responsibility of Ghana.

    5.      Finds that Ghana did not violate the sovereign rights of Côte d’Ivoire.

    6.      Finds that Ghana did not violate article 83, paragraphs 1 and 3, of the Convention.

    7.      Finds that Ghana did not violate the provisional measures prescribed by the Special Chamber in its Order of 25 April 2015.


    The above indicate that the ruling is in favour of Ghana.

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