Protocol

The Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the International Seabed Authority was adopted by consensus at the fifty-fourth meeting of the Assembly on 26 March 1998.  The decision of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority relating to the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities of the International Seabed Authority is contained in document ISBA/4/A/8*.

The Protocol deals with the privileges and immunities of the Authority in relation to those matters which are not already covered in the Convention (articles 176 to 183) and is based substantially on articles I, II, IV, V, VI and VII of the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations of 13 February 1946, together with the Convention on Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies of 21 November 1947. The Protocol was open for signature at the headquarters of the International Seabed Authority in Kingston, Jamaica, from 17 August until 28 August 1998, and subsequently, until 16 August 2000 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

After the deposit of the required ten instruments of ratification, approval, acceptance or accession, the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the International Seabed Authority entered into force on 31 May 2003.  As at 23 January 2017, there are 28 signatories and 42 parties to the Protocol.  A full listing of the status can be viewed here.