Presidents of the Assembly
|2023||Mr. Fanday Turay||Sierra Leone|
|2022||Mr. Satyendra Prasad*||Fiji|
|2020/2021||Mr. Denys Wibaux||France|
|2019||Ms. Kamina Johnson Smith||Jamaica|
|2018||Mr. Mariusz-Orion Jędrysek||Poland|
|2017||Mr. Eugénio Muianga||Mozambique|
|2016||Rear Admiral (retd.) Md. Khurshed Alam||Bangladesh|
|2015||Mr. Helmut Tuerk||Austria|
|2014||Mr. Antonio Francisco Da Costa e Silva Neto||Brazil|
|2013||Mr. Vladimir Mikhailovich Polenov||Russia|
|2012||Mr. Milan Jaya Nyamrajsingh Meetarbhan||Mauritius|
|2011||Mr. Peter Thomson||Fiji|
|2010||Mr. Jesùs Silva-Fernandez||Spain|
|2009||Mr. Mario Jose Pino||Argentina|
|2008||Mr. Ryszard Kotlinski||Poland|
|2007||Chief Olufolajimi Modupe Akintola||Nigeria|
|2006||Mr. Sainivalati S Navoti||Fiji|
|2005||Mr. Olav Myklebust||Norway|
|2004||Mr. Dennis Francis||Trinidad and Tobago|
|2003||Mr. Jozef Franzen||Slovakia|
|2002||Mr. Martin Belinga-Eboutou||Cameroon|
|2001||Mr. Peter Dickson Donigi||Papua New Guinea|
|2000||Ms. Liesbeth Lijnzaad||Netherlands|
|1999||Mr. José Luis Vallartar||Mexico|
|1998||Mr. Tadeusz Bachleda-Curus||Poland|
|1997||Mr. Amos Wako||Kenya|
|1996||Mr. Hasjim Djalal||Indonesia|
*In his absence, the President designated Mr. Olav Myklebust (Norway, Vice President) to preside the meetings of the 27th session of the Assembly from 1 to 4 August 2022.
At the opening of each regular session of the Assembly, the President of the previous session or, in his absence, the head of the delegation from which the President of the previous session was elected shall preside until the Assembly has elected a President for the session.
At the beginning of each regular session the Assembly shall elect its President and four Vice Presidents in such a way as to ensure the representative character of the Bureau. They shall hold office until a new President and other officers are elected at the next regular session.
If the President finds it necessary to be absent during a meeting or any part thereof, he shall designate one of the Vice Presidents to take his place.
Powers of the Acting President
A Vice President acting as President shall have the same powers and duties as the President.
Replacement of the President
If the President is unable to perform his functions, a new President shall be elected for the unexpired term.
General powers of the President
In addition to exercising the powers conferred upon him elsewhere by these rules, or by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the President shall declare the opening and closing of each plenary meeting of the session, direct the discussions in plenary meeting, ensure observance of these rules, accord the right to speak, put questions and announce decisions. He shall rule on points of order and, subject to these rules, shall have complete control of the proceedings at any meeting and over the maintenance of order thereat. The President may, in the course of the discussion of an item, propose to the Assembly the limitation of the time to be allowed to speakers, the limitation of the number of times each representative may speak, the closure of the list of speakers or the closure of the debate. He may also propose the suspension or the adjournment of the meeting or the adjournment of the debate on the item under discussion.
Limitation of the powers of the President
The President, in the exercise of his functions, remains under the authority of the Assembly.
Voting of the President and Acting President
The President, or a Vice President acting as President, shall not vote but shall designate another member of his delegation to vote in his place.