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CHAPTER XXI
LAW OF THE SEA
8 . Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
New York, 23 May 1997
Entry into force
:
30 December 2001, in accordance with article 30(1).
Registration :
30 December 2001, No. 37925
Status :
Signatories : 21. Parties : 41
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 2167, p. 271; and depositary notifications C.N.495.1998.TREATIES-5 of 7 October 1998 (procès-verbal of rectification of the French authentique texte); C.N.858.2006.TREATIES-7 of 19 October 2006 (Corrections to the authentique Russian text of the Agreement).
Note :
The Agreement was adopted on 23 May 1997 at the Seventh Meeting of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982. In accordance with its article 27, the Agreement was opened for signature by all States at United Nations Headquarters for a period of twenty-four months as from 1 July 1997.
Participant
Signature
Undertaking of provisional application in accordance with article 31
Ratification, Accession(a)
Argentina
 2 Jun 1998
  20 Oct 2006
Australia
26 May 1999
  11 May 2001
Austria
     1 Oct 2001 a
Belgium
19 Mar 1999
  30 Mar 2007
Belize
    14 Sep 2005 a
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
    18 May 2006 a
Bulgaria
    26 Nov 2008 a
Cameroon
    30 Jul 2001 a
Chile
    27 Sep 2007 a
Croatia
27 May 1999
   8 Sep 2000
Cyprus
    12 Jun 2003 a
Czech Republic
    26 Oct 2001 a
Denmark
    16 Nov 2004 a
Estonia
     1 Feb 2008 a
Finland
31 Mar 1999
  28 Jul 2006
France
    12 May 2011 a
Germany
18 May 1999
   8 Jun 2007
Ghana
30 Jun 1999
   
Greece
 1 Jul 1997
  17 Oct 2007
India
    14 Nov 2005 a
Ireland
     9 Feb 2011 a
Italy
    19 Jul 2006 a
Jamaica
     1 Dec 2005 a
Jordan
17 Apr 1998
   
Kuwait
15 Jun 1999
   2 Aug 2002
Lebanon
15 Jun 1999
  23 Jul 2002
Liberia
    16 Sep 2005 a
Lithuania
     1 Nov 2005 a
Malta
    24 Apr 2013 a
Netherlands 1
28 Aug 1998
  25 Mar 1999
Norway
 1 Jul 1997
 1 Jul 1997
 1 Aug 1997
Oman
28 Sep 1998
   
Panama
     1 Mar 2005 a
Poland
     2 Oct 2007 a
Portugal
30 Jun 1999
   8 Oct 2009
Qatar
    27 Jul 2005 a
Republic of Korea
    26 Oct 2004 a
Russian Federation
    26 Jul 2007 a
Saudi Arabia
    30 Nov 2001 a
Senegal
 1 Jul 1997
   
Slovakia
22 Jun 1999
  20 Apr 2000
Slovenia
    15 Jun 2006 a
Spain
     9 Jan 2001 a
Sri Lanka
30 Jun 1999
   
Tunisia
 9 Apr 1999
   
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
 3 Dec 1997
  17 May 2006
United Republic of Tanzania
17 Dec 1998
   
Uruguay
     6 Jul 2006 a
Declarations and reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made upon
notification of undertaking of provisional application, ratification or accession.)
Argentina

Declaration:
       The Republic of Argentina will accord such privileges and immunities as are specified in the Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, adopted in New York on 23 May 1997, to members of the Secretariat of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea who are nationals or permanent residents in its territory to the extent necessary for the adequate fulfillment of their duties. With regard to fiscal and customs matters those members will be subject to the national norms application in its territory.

France

Declaration:
       France intends to limit the exemption from taxation provided for under article 11, paragraph 1, of the Agreement to the salaries and emoluments paid by the Tribunal to members and officials thereof, excluding any allowances paid to them by the Tribunal. Moreover, in the case of members and officials of the Tribunal residing in France, France intends to retain the option to take the exempted income into account in determining the tax rate applicable to the total income of such persons.

Italy

Declaration:
       "With regard to the above-mentioned Agreement, Italy interprets Article 11, par. 2, and Article 16, paragraph 4 as referred exclusively to income paid by the Court, this excluding any exemption for income from other sources."

End Note
1.For the Kingdom in Europe.

On 7 January 2009, upon its ratification to the Agreement, the Government of the Netherlands notified the Secretary-General that the Agreement will apply to the Netherlands Antilles.