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Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration)


The International Bureau served as registry in these arbitration proceedings initiated pursuant to the 1992 Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic ("OSPAR Convention").


The arbitral tribunal consisted of:


    Professor W. Michael Reisman (Chairman)
    Mr Gavan Griffith, QC
    Rt Hon. Lord Mustill, PC


A week of hearings began on Monday, October 21, 2002 at the Peace Palace. By agreement of the parties, the hearings were open to the public, and the written pleadings are available on the PCA website. The Tribunal issued its final award on July 2, 2003.


The following PDF documents pertaining to this arbitration can be downloaded.


The authoritative text of the final award, including correction of clerical and various typographical errors, may be downloaded in PDF (below).



Rules of Procedure 


Ireland - Memorial  

Ireland - Reply   
UK - Counter Memorial (cover)  
UK - Counter Memorial  
UK - Rejoinder (cover)  
UK - Rejoinder   


Decision 1

Decision 2

Decision 3

Decision 4

Decision 5  

Transcripts of Hearings:
Day 1 - October 21, 2002  
Day 2 - October 22, 2002  
Day 3 - October 23, 2002  
Day 4 - October 24, 2002  
Day 5 - October 25, 2002  


Press Release of July 2, 2003

Final Award