CHAPTER XXI
LAW OF THE SEA
5Optional Protocol of Signature concerning the Compulsory Settlement of DisputesGeneva, 29 April 195830 September 1962.3 January 1963, No. 6466Signatories14Parties371United Nations, <i>Treaty Series </i>, vol. 450, p. 169.See Note" in the same place in chapter XXI.1.
Participant<superscript>1,2</superscript>SignatureRatification, Definitive signature(s), Succession(d)Australia14 May 1963 sAustria27 Oct 1958 Belgium 6 Jan 1972 sBolivia (Plurinational State of)17 Oct 1958 sBosnia and Herzegovina<superscript>3</superscript>12 Jan 1994 dCambodia22 Jan 1970 Canada29 Apr 1958 Colombia<superscript>4</superscript>[29 Apr 1958 s]Costa Rica29 Apr 1958 sCuba29 Apr 1958 sDenmark29 Apr 1958 26 Sep 1968 Dominican Republic29 Apr 1958 sFinland27 Oct 1958 16 Feb 1965 France30 Oct 1958 sGermany<superscript>5,6</superscript>30 Oct 1958 26 Jul 1973 Ghana29 Apr 1958 sHaiti29 Apr 1958 29 Mar 1960 Holy See30 Apr 1958 sHungary 8 Dec 1989 sIndonesia<superscript>7</superscript> 8 May 1958 Israel29 Apr 1958 Liberia27 May 1958 sMadagascar10 Aug 1962 sMalawi17 Dec 1965 sMalaysia 1 May 1961 sMalta19 May 1966 dMauritius 5 Oct 1970 dMontenegro<superscript>8</superscript>23 Oct 2006 dNepal29 Apr 1958 sNetherlands<superscript>9</superscript>31 Oct 1958 18 Feb 1966 New Zealand29 Oct 1958 sPakistan 6 Nov 1958 sPanama 2 May 1958 sPortugal28 Oct 1958 8 Jan 1963 Serbia<superscript>3</superscript>12 Mar 2001 dSierra Leone14 Feb 1963 sSolomon Islands 3 Sep 1981 dSri Lanka30 Oct 1958 sSweden 1 Jun 1966 28 Jun 1966 Switzerland24 May 1958 18 May 1966 Uganda15 Sep 1964 sUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 9 Sep 1958 sUnited States of America<superscript>10</superscript>15 Sep 1958 Uruguay29 Apr 1958 s
1Article V of the Protocol provides that the latter “shall remain open for signature by all States who become Parties to any Convention on the Law of the Sea and is subject to ratification, where necessary, according to the constitutional requirements of the signatory States”. Consequently, the signatures listed above appear in the second or third column according to whether they have been affixed subject or not to ratification. The States listed herein are bound by this Protocol to the extent that they have signed it definitively, ratified it or succeeded to it, and that they are bound by one at least of the four Law of the Sea Conventions.2Signature affixed without reservation as to ratification on behalf of the Republic of China on 29 April 1958. See note concerning signatures, ratifications, accessions, etc., on behalf of China (note 1 under “China” in the “Historical Information” secton in the front matter of this volume).3The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Optional Protocol on 29 April 1958 and 28 January 1966, respectively. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Croatia", "former Yugoslavia", "Slovenia", "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and "Yugoslavia" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.4Declaration made upon signature: In signing the Optional Protocol, the delegation of Colombia reserved the obligations of Colombia arising out of conventions concerning the peaceful settlement of disputes which Colombia has ratified and out of any previous conventions concerning the same subject which Colombia may ratify. Subsequently, on 15 September 2017, the Secretary-General received from the Government of the Republic of Colombia, a communication notifying its withdrawal from the Protocol. The communication reads as follows: I have the honour to write to you regarding the Optional Protocol of Signature concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes, done at Geneva (Swiss Confederation) on 29 April 1958. In this respect, I would like to inform you that the present note constitutes notification of the withdrawal of the Republic of Colombia from the above-mentioned Protocol. As a consequence of this withdrawal, the Government of the Republic of Colombia, from this date, will no longer recognize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice that is set forth in the Protocol.5See note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.6See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.7In a communication received on 24 December 1958, the Government of Indonesia informed the Secretary-General that according to the constitutional requirements of Indonesia, the signature affixed on its behalf to this Protocol is subject to ratification.8See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.9In respect of the Kingdom in Europe, Surinam and the Netherland Antilles. See also note 1 under “Netherlands Antilles” and “Suriname” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.10In a communication received on 10 June 1963, the Government of the United States of America informed the Secretary-General that the Protocol "will not enter into force with respect to the United States until the Protocol has been ratified on the part of the United States and instrument of ratification has been deposited".