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CHAPTER XXI
LAW OF THE SEA
5 . Optional Protocol of Signature concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes
Geneva, 29 April 1958
Entry into force
:
30 September 1962.
Registration :
3 January 1963, No. 6466
Status :
Signatories : 14. Parties : 38. 1
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 450, p. 169.
Note :
See Note" in the same place in chapter XXI.1.
Participant 1, 2
Signature
Ratification, Definitive signature(s), Succession(d)
Australia
  14 May 1963 s
Austria
27 Oct 1958
 
Belgium
   6 Jan 1972 s
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
  17 Oct 1958 s
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3
  12 Jan 1994 d
Cambodia
22 Jan 1970
 
Canada
29 Apr 1958
 
Colombia 4
  29 Apr 1958 s
Costa Rica
  29 Apr 1958 s
Cuba
  29 Apr 1958 s
Denmark
29 Apr 1958
26 Sep 1968
Dominican Republic
  29 Apr 1958 s
Finland
27 Oct 1958
16 Feb 1965
France
  30 Oct 1958 s
Germany 5, 6
30 Oct 1958
26 Jul 1973
Ghana
  29 Apr 1958 s
Haiti
29 Apr 1958
29 Mar 1960
Holy See
  30 Apr 1958 s
Hungary
   8 Dec 1989 s
Indonesia 7
 8 May 1958
 
Israel
29 Apr 1958
 
Liberia
  27 May 1958 s
Madagascar
  10 Aug 1962 s
Malawi
  17 Dec 1965 s
Malaysia
   1 May 1961 s
Malta
  19 May 1966 d
Mauritius
   5 Oct 1970 d
Montenegro 8
  23 Oct 2006 d
Nepal
  29 Apr 1958 s
Netherlands 9
31 Oct 1958
18 Feb 1966
New Zealand
  29 Oct 1958 s
Pakistan
   6 Nov 1958 s
Panama
   2 May 1958 s
Portugal
28 Oct 1958
 8 Jan 1963
Serbia 3
  12 Mar 2001 d
Sierra Leone
  14 Feb 1963 s
Solomon Islands
   3 Sep 1981 d
Sri Lanka
  30 Oct 1958 s
Sweden
 1 Jun 1966
28 Jun 1966
Switzerland
24 May 1958
18 May 1966
Uganda
  15 Sep 1964 s
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
   9 Sep 1958 s
United States of America 10
15 Sep 1958
 
Uruguay
  29 Apr 1958 s
End Note
1.Article 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.

2.Signature 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).
3.The 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.
4.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.
5.See note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.In 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.
8.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
9.In 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.
10.In 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".