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President Carl Baudenbacher speaks at the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea


On 6 October 2016, President Carl Baudenbacher attended the 20th Anniversary Symposium of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). He spoke on a panel, chaired by the Vice-President of ITLOS Boualem Bouguetaia, on improving working methods in international adjudication. The other panel speakers were Judge Ronny Abraham, President of the International Court of Justice and Judge Joseph Akl of ITLOS. Panel discussants included Judges Jean-Pierre Cot, Albert Hoffmann and Tafsir Ndiaye all of ITLOS. The President also attended the solemn ceremony to mark the 20th Anniversary of ITLOS on 7 October 2016 in the City Hall of Hamburg. The ceremony was attended by more than 500 guests and included speeches given by Mr Joachim Gauck, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr Olaf Scholz, First Mayor and President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Mr Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn, President of ITLOS.

Lunchtime talk with President Sven Erik Svedman


On 19 October 2016, Mr Sven Erik Svedman, the President of the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) gave a talk on ESA and the issues currently before it. He highlighted the importance of independence and impartiality at ESA and the EFTA Court as well as the interdependence and bond between both institutions. Mr Svedman placed emphasis on ESA’s role in ensuring that citizens are aware of their rights under the EEA Agreement and continue to reap the prosperity, in terms of both social and economic benefits, from the EEA Agreement. He then went on to set out the new and important challenges faced by ESA and how ESA is tackling them before taking questions from the audience.

For the Statement of President Sven Erik Svedman please click here.

Lunchtime talk with Mr Ralf Jansen


On 28 September 2016, Mr. Ralf Jansen, General Counsel and Member of the Management Board of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), gave an introduction to the ESM and its work. He outlined the development from EFSF to ESM and explained the structure and functioning of this inter-governmental institution as a permanent crisis resolution mechanism in the euro area. His talk was followed by an insightful discussion. The EFTA Court Registry provides registry services for the Administrative Tribunal of the European Stability Mechanism (ESMAT).

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