Friday, August 10, 2007

Judgments: The "Hoshinmaru" and "Tomimaru" Cases

As previously noted, in early July Japan filed two applications with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea seeking the prompt release by Russia of two fishing vessels (the "88th Hoshinmaru" and the "53rd Tomimaru") and their crew. On Monday, August 6, the Tribunal issued its judgments in these cases. In the "Hoshinmaru" Case, the court found the application well-founded and ordered the prompt release of the vessel upon the posting of a 10 million rouble bond. In the "Tomimaru" Case, the court found that the application was without object because the vessel had been confiscated in accordance with Russian law and domestic judicial remedies concerning the confiscation had been exhausted. The judgments and related documents can be found here and here.