Ireland v. United Kingdom (OSPAR Arbitration)

Emblem of the Permanent Court of ArbitrationOn 18 June 2001, Ireland commenced arbitration to resolve a dispute with the United Kingdom pursuant to the 1992 Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (“OSPAR Convention”). The dispute concerned the access to the information about the MOX nuclear fuel plant at Sellafield, on the Irish Sea.

Ireland requested access to certain information about processing of the plant. The UK refused to provide it, arguing that the information was withheld from public reports on commercial confidentiality grounds.

In its final award of 2 July 2003, the OSPAR Arbitral Tribunal ruled that Ireland failed to demonstrate that the information which it desired to obtain was information falling within the meaning or Article 9(2) of the OSPAR Convention, namely being “information on the state of the maritime area” or on “activities and measures adversely affecting or likely to affect it”.

The International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration served as registry in these arbitration proceedings.

Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Decision 1, 21-2-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Decision 2, 12-10-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Decision 3, 18-10-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Decision 4, 21-10-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Decision 5, 24-1-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("OSPAR" Arbitration): Rules of Procedure
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