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

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.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) The Kingdom of Denmark in respect of the Faroe Islands (State)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The European Union (International organization )
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
Procedural rules - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

Multilateral treaty

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Netherlands
Arbitrator(s), Conciliator(s), Other Neutral(s)

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 16 August 2013
Date of issue of final award 23 September 2014
Length of Proceedings Less than one year
Additional notes -


Procedural Documents
Procedural Order No. 1
Procedural Order No. 2
Rules of Procedure
Award or other decision
Termination Order
Press Release
Press Release
Press Release
Press Release
Press Release
Members of the Tribunal in the Atlanto-Scandian Herring Arbitration
Meeting - Atlanto-Scandian Herring Arbitration