Monday, December 17, 2012
The International Law of the Sea Tribunal (ITLOS) has ordered the release of the Argentina frigate, Ara Libertad, which has been detained in Ghana since the beginning of October. The ITLOS Tribunal stressed that warships are entitled to immunity under general principles of international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (see UNCLOS articles 95 and 97). The Tribunal's decision comes in the form of a provisional measures while the arbitration procedures are being decided upon. More information may be found in tis ITLOS press release.