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Case name The Atlanto-Scandian Herring Arbitration (The Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands v. The European Union)
Case description

The Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands instituted arbitral proceedings against the European Union under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (the “Convention”). The dispute concerned the interpretation and application of Article 63(1) of the Convention in relation to the shared stock of Atlanto-Scandian herring. The Permanent Court of Arbitration acted as Registry in this arbitration.

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands ( - Other - )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The European Union ( - Other - )
Names of Parties
Case number 2013-30
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Agriculture, forestry and fishing
Rules used in arbitral proceedings - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced Multilateral treaty
Treaty: UNCLOS

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Netherlands

Judge Thomas A. Mensah (Presiding Arbitrator)

Professor Gerhard Hafner
Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuña
Dr. M.C.W. Pinto
Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum


Representatives of the Claimant(s)


Dr. Bjørn Kunoy



Professor James Crawford AC SC

Representatives of the Respondent(s)


Dr. Esa Paasivirta

Legal Service, European Commission



Mr. André Bouquet

Legal Service, European Commission


Deputy Agents

Dr. George-Dian Balan

Ms. Anna Szmytkowska

Legal Service, European Commission

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 5
Date of commencement of proceeding [dd-mm-yyyy] 16-08-2013
Date of issue of final award [dd-mm-yyyy] 23-09-2014  
Length of Proceedings Less than one year
Additional notes
Attachments Procedural Order
15-03-2014  English
30-06-2014  English

Award or other decision
23-09-2014  English

Press Release
17-03-2014  English
17-03-2014  French
24-09-2014  English
24-09-2014  French

15-03-2014  English

17-03-2014  English
17-03-2014  English
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