The International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ)
The oral hearing in the case of the maritime demarcation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia versus Kenya) is due to begin on March 15. Legal teams representing these countries are well equipped to prepare for the case. Kenya names a new team according to The Standard (https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/kenya/article/2001404078/kenya-hires-eight) -juristen-im-maritimen-fall-mit-somalia)
Prof. Sean D. Murphy and Judge Tullio Treves will lead another six lawyers in the handling of Kenya’s case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. This team is familiar with maritime disputes that other countries have represented in the same court.
Prof. Murphy is an international public relations scholar at George Washington University Law School where he has taught since 1998. Murphy previously served as legal advisor at the US Embassy in The Hague, where he discussed several cases before the International Court of Justice and the International Court of Justice, representing the US government before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
Judge Tullio Treves was a judge at the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2011 and was President of the Seabed Disputes Chamber. One of the notable cases he cited is the arbitration of France and Canada over the delimitation of maritime zones in the Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon region. He is also Peru’s lawyer in the maritime dispute with Chile currently pending before the International Court of Justice.
Other members of the team include Professors Phoebe Okowa, Makane Mbengue, Laurence Boisson De Chazournes, Christian Tams and Eran Sthoeger. In addition, the seasoned border disputes expert, Coalter Lathrop, will support the team with geographic analysis and cartographic skills.
In 2014, Somalia petitioned the International Court of Justice for a review after bilateral talks with Kenya failed to resolve the maritime dispute over a 62,000 square mile triangle in the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in hydrocarbons. In the recent past, diplomatic relations between Kenya and Somalia have deteriorated and Somali the Kenyan government has interfered in its sovereign affairs.
A look at the offshore exploration blocks affected by the Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute in a case filed with the International Court of Justice in 2014. Pic.twitter.com/U3WsEyAz7X
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