Dispute Concerning Coastal State Rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait (Ukraine v. the Russian Federation)

On 16 September 2016, Ukraine served on the Russian Federation a Notification and Statement of Claim under Annex VII to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) referring to a dispute concerning coastal state rights in the Black Sea, Sea of Azov, and Kerch Strait. The Permanent Court of Arbitration acts as Registry in this arbitration.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) Ukraine (State)
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Russian Federation (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2017-06
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Pending
Type of case Inter-state arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector -
Rules used in arbitral proceedings - Other -
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

[Multilateral treaty]

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country)

Judge Jin-Hyun Paik (Presiding arbitrator)

Judge Boualem Bouguetaia

Judge Alonso Gómez-Robledo

Professor Vaughan Lowe QC

Judge Vladimir Golitsyn

Representatives of the Claimant(s)



H.E. Ms. Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs




Ms. Marney L. Cheek, Covington & Burling LLP

Mr. Jonathan Gimblett, Covington & Burling LLP

Mr. David M. Zionts, Covington & Burling LLP

Mr. Nikhil V. Gore, Covington & Burling LLP

Professor Harold Hongju Koh (as of 30 January 2018)

Professor Alfred H.A. Soons (as of 30 January 2018)

Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin (as of 30 January 2018)


Representatives of the Respondent(s)



H.E. Mr. Dmitry Lobach, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as of 10 October 2017)

H.E. Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Director, Legal Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (until 28 September 2017)




Professor Alain Pellet

Professor Tullio Treves, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Mr. Sergey Usoskin

Mr. Samuel Wordsworth, QC, Essex Court Chambers

Mr. Vasily Torkanovsky, Ivanyan & Partners

Ms. Maria Suchkova, Ivanyan & Partners (until 18 January 2018)

Ms. Amy Sander, Essex Court Chambers (as of 10 January 2018)

Mr. Renato Raymundo Treves, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP (as of 18 January 2018)

Ms. Tessa Barsac (as of 18 January 2018)

Ms. Svetlana Shatalova (as of 18 January 2018)

Ms. Ksenia Galkina (as of 13 September 2018)

Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 5
Date of commencement of proceeding 16 September 2016
Date of issue of final award -
Length of Proceedings
Additional notes -


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