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Nigeria Successfully Defends Rights in Dispute Against Switzerland

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Nigeria won an important victory before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), in a decision handed down on July 6, 2019, in a case brought against the African state by Switzerland.

The Tribunal’s Order on Provisional Measures, in The M/T “San Padre Pio” Case (Switzerland v. Nigeria), upheld Nigeria’s right to arrest and detain a Swiss-flagged oil tanker, its crew, and cargo, for having violated Nigeria’s laws by engaging in ship-to-ship transfers of fuel oil for use in hydrocarbon production activities in Nigerian waters without the required permits and authorizations.

In May 2019, Switzerland challenged Nigeria’s enforcement actions by instituting arbitral proceedings under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Switzerland also requested that the Tribunal, which sits in Hamburg, order the suspension of Nigeria’s criminal prosecutions of the vessel’s master and officers, and that they and the vessel be released.

In its Order, the Tribunal rejected Switzerland’s request that the prosecutions be suspended. It also conditioned the release of the vessel and the criminal defendants upon Switzerland’s posting of a bond in the amount of US$14 million, and on Switzerland’s unequivocal assurances, in the form of an undertaking binding under international law, that they would return to Nigeria to face criminal prosecution should Nigeria prevail in the arbitral proceedings.

The Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice of Nigeria Dayo Apata hailed the Tribunal’s decision as “a vindication of Nigeria’s right to proceed with prosecuting these serious violations of Nigerian law, which is a key part of its efforts to combat maritime crime in the Gulf of Guinea.”

Nigeria was represented in the proceedings before the Tribunal by its Agent, Stella Anukam, its Co-Agents Chinwe Uwandu and Amb. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, and by a legal team that included Professor Dapo Akande of Oxford University, three partners from Foley Hoag LLP – Andrew Loewenstein, Tafadzwa Pasipanodya, and Derek Smith – and Foley Hoag attorneys Arsalan Suleman, Tracy Roosevelt, Peter Tzeng, and Alejandra Torres Camprúbi.

Foley Hoag specializes in representing sovereign States in disputes with other States, including matters arising under UNCLOS. According to Chambers Global 2019: “With regard to Law of the Sea issues, there is no other law firm better than Foley Hoag.”

About Foley Hoag LLP
Foley Hoag provides innovative, strategic legal services to public, private and government clients across the globe. We have premier capabilities in the life sciences, health care, technology, energy, professional services, investment management fields and in cross-border disputes. Our professionals possess the skills and experience to provide exceptional senior level service to clients ranging from startups to multinational companies to sovereign states. For more information, visit www.foleyhoag.com or follow @FoleyHoag on Twitter.

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