Ireland v. United Kingdom (MOX Plant Case)

Seal of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The HagueThe conflict between Ireland and the United Kingdom about the building and operation of the Mox Plant at Sellafield, on the Irish Sea, dates back to 1993. The plant is designed to recycle the plutonium produced during the reprocessing of nuclear fuel. Ireland contested this project since its beginning and requested access to information from the UK about the plant in order to protect the marine environment of the Irish Sea.

Both states are parties to the two treaties addressing the issue of environmental information: the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR Convention). In 2001, Ireland commenced dispute settlement proceedings under these treaties. Furthermore, it also applied to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) for provisional measures that would restrain the UK from commissioning the plant. In this context, waiting for the final decision of the Arbitral Tribunal constituted under the UNCLOS, the ITLOS prescribed a provisional measure in December 2001, ordering the parties to co-operate and to engage in consultations, including the exchange of information, without further delay.

Ireland formally notified the Arbitral Tribunal of the withdrawal of its claim against the United Kingdom on 15 February 2007. On 6 June 2008, the Tribunal issued Order No. 6 terminating proceedings.

The International Bureau of the Permanent Court of Arbitration served as registry in the arbitration proceedings initiated pursuant to Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Counter Memorial of the United Kingdom, 9-1-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Memorial of Ireland (Part I), 26-7-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Memorial of Ireland (Part II), 26-7-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Memorial of Ireland (Part III), 26-7-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Memorial of Ireland (Part IV), 26-7-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Order No 4, 14-11-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Order No. 1, 2-7-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Order No. 2, 10-12-2002Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Order No. 3, 24-6-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Rejoinder of the United Kingdom (Part I), 24-4-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Rejoinder of the United Kingdom (Part II), 24-4-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Reply of Ireland, 7-3-2003Ireland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Rules of ProcedureIreland v. United Kingdom ("MOX Plant Case"): Ireland's Request for Provisional Measures, 16-6-2003
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