Barbados v. Trinidad and Tobago

The Permanent Court of Arbitration acted as registry in an arbitration between Barbados and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, relating to the delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf between them, submitted under Part XV of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to an arbitral tribunal constituted in accordance with UNCLOS Annex VII.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) Barbados (State)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2004-02
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Concluded
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Maritime boundary delimitation
Procedural rules - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

Multilateral treaty

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

Judge Stephen Schwebel (President)
Mr. Ian Brownlie CBE QC
Professor Vaughan Lowe
Professor Francisco Orrego Vicuña
Sir Arthur Watts KCMG QC

Representatives of the Claimant(s) -
Representatives of the Respondent(s) -
Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 5
Date of commencement of proceeding 16 February 2004
Date of issue of final award 11 April 2006
Length of Proceedings 2-3 years
Additional notes

The tribunal rendered its Award on April 11, 2006 (see press release below). The authoritative text of the final award, as corrected for errata, may be found below.


Written submission
Statement of Claim (Barbados)
Memorial (Barbados)
Maps 1-11 Reply of Barbados
Counter-Memorial (Trinidad and Tobago)
Reply (Barbados)
Maps 1-5 Memorial of Barbados
Rejoinder (Trinidad and Tobago)
Maps 12-22 Reply of Barbados
Maps 6-11 Memorial of Barbados
Maps to Counter-Memorial (Trinidad and Tobago)
Procedural Documents
Order No. 1
Rules of Procedure
Order No. 2
Order No. 3
Order No. 4
Award or other decision
Award of the Arbitral Tribunal
Press Release
Statement by the President
Press Release
Press Release
Press Release
Transcript - Day 7
Transcript - Day 6
Transcript - Day 5
Transcript - Day 4
Transcript - Day 3
Transcript - Day 2
Transcript - Day 1
Transcript - Day 8