Nomination of Judge Shunji YANAI, President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as a Candidate for the Election of Judges of ITLOS in 2014

June 11, 2013

    1. On Tuesday, June 11 (Monday, June 10 local time), at the 23rd Meeting of States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the Japanese Delegation announced that the Government of Japan had decided to re-nominate President Shunji YANAI of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as a candidate for the election of judges of ITLOS, which is to be held in mid-2014 during the 24th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS.
    2. ITLOS plays a significant role for peaceful settlement of maritime disputes, and the maintenance and development of legal order for the oceans. For Japan, as a maritime nation promoting the rule of law in the international community, providing continuously competent judges to ITLOS is not only important for Japan itself but also a significant contribution to the international community.
    3. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues actively seeking the support of States Parties to UNCLOS for President Yanai's candidature.

* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.