dsc_1441On 23 May 2016, Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont spoke at an expert roundtable organized by the London Centre of International Law Practice with the participation of Queen Mary University of London, to reflect upon the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). The event featured a keynote address by H.E. Judge Vladimir Golitsyn, President of ITLOS. In his presentation, Pierre-Emmanuel spoke on the impacts of the Tribunal’s function under UNCLOS in respect of provisional measures. He observed that systemic differences exist between ITLOS and the ICJ in light of these bodies’ operative Statutes and organic frameworks, as well as the broader mandate of ITLOS to not only preserve parties’ rights but also prevent serious harm to the marine environment. Mr. Dupont suggested that cross-fertilisation between the jurisprudence of these bodies had nevertheless tended to mitigate risks of legal fragmentation in this area, and highlighted in this respect the 2015 Order of the ITLOS Special Chamber in Ghana/Côte d’Ivoire, which sent a strong signal to States that neither judicial body will grant provisional measures unless satisfied that a plausible case exists on the merits.