Recourse to the Tribunal incurs no court costs or fees payable to the Tribunal for the States Parties to the Convention. When an entity other than a State Party or the International Seabed Authority is party to a dispute, the Tribunal fixes the amount which that party is to contribute towards the expenses of the Tribunal (Statute, article 19).
Unless decided otherwise by the Tribunal, each party bears its own costs (fees for counsel and advocates, transportation, accommodation, preparation of pleadings) pursuant to article 34 of the Statute.
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Trust Fund
Developing States which are parties to a dispute before the Tribunal may qualify for financial assistance to help them cover the costs related to lawyers' fees or travel and accommodation of their delegation during the oral proceedings in Hamburg. This assistance is available through a voluntary trust fund established by the United Nations General Assembly and maintained by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) of the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs.
The terms of reference of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Trust Fund are annexed to General Assembly Resolution 55/7 of 30 October 2000 (Annex I).
Further information about the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Trust Fund may be found on the website of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea.