South African judge re-elected to International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea


South African judge, Albert Hoffmann, has been re-elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

Tribunal elections were held at the UN this week and he obtained the highest number of votes – 154 out of 156 states present and voting – and will serve on ITLOS for a further nine years, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said.

The election process was part of the meeting of state parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

The convention, popularly known as the Constitution for Oceans, ) is a multilateral treaty governing the world’s oceans and seas and seeks to regulate all aspects relating to ocean space including maritime zones, shipping and navigation, sustainable utilisation of natural resources, marine pollution, research and the conservation and preservation of the marine environment.

The Convention enjoys almost universal application with 166 States party to the Convention. South Africa became a party to the Convention in December 1997.