The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg (a Tribunal composed of 21 judges and established under the UN Law of the Sea Convention) gave judgment on 14 March 2012 in a maritime boundary dispute between the Republic of Bangladesh and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Sir Michael Wood was one of Myanmar’s Counsel.
The judgment, which is available here, delimits the whole of the maritime boundary between the two States in the Bay of Bengal: in the territorial sea, the exclusive economic zone, and throughout the continental shelf, and thus resolves a long-standing international dispute.
This landmark judgment is the first to be handed down by the Hamburg Tribunal in a maritime delimitation case. It deals with novel questions of the law of the sea, including the delimitation of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles and the relationship between such delimitation and the work of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. It is likely to be of major significance for many States with extended continental shelves.