492. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

492.     The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

A state may choose the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea1 as a means for the settlement of disputes concerning the interpretation or application of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ('UNCLOS')2. The Tribunal consists of 21 independent members elected from among persons enjoying the highest reputation for fairness and integrity and of recognised competence in the field of the law of the sea3. The members of the Tribunal are elected by secret ballot4 for nine years and may be re-elected5.