Welcome to the home page of the IHO/IAG Advisory Board on the Law of the Sea (ABLOS)

An initiative of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the International Association of Geodesy (IAG). ABLOS deals with the hydrographic, geodetic and marine geo-scientific aspects of the LOS.

 

What is ABLOS?

The International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) and the International Association of Geodesy (IAG) in September 1994 agreed to form a joint Advisory Board to provide advice and guidance and, where applicable, offer expert interpretation of the hydrographic, geodetic and other technical aspects of the Law of the Sea to the parent organistions, their member states or to other organisations on request. This Board would be known as ABLOS.  In 1999 the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) was invited to be a member of ABLOS. In 2006 the IOC withdrew from ABLOS.

Download a PDF describing ABLOS and the nature of its work and linkages with other organisations here.

The Board is comprised of three representatives from each organisation and two additional members, one representing the UN Division of Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea Office of Legal Affairs (DOALOS) in an ex-officio capacity, and the other representing the International Hydrographic Bureau.

Download a copy of the terms of reference of ABLOS here.

The formation of the Board follows from the activities of committees within the IAG and IHO which led to their combined work in producing a "Manual on Technical Aspects of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea - 1982" (the "TALOS Manual"). This is published by the International Hydrographic Bureau as Special Publication No.51. A "Geodetic Commentary to the TALOS Manual" has been produced and is provided as an appendix to the TALOS Manual. 

The 4th Edition of the "TALOS Manual" is now available...download here.


Members of ABLOS

IHO representatives:

Cdr. Muhammad BASHIR, Deputy Hydrographer, Hydrographic Department, Naval Headquarters 11, Liaquat Barracks, Karachi 75530, PAKISTAN, tel: +92-21-56636151, fax: +92-21-9203246

Mr. Chris M. CARLETON (Chair), Head, Law of the Sea, U.K. Hydrographic Office, Ministry of Defence, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN, U.K., tel: +44-1823-723404, fax:+44-1823-353075

Dr. Zvonko GRZETIC, Director Hrvatski Hidrografski Institut, Zrinsko-Frankopanska 141
2100 Split, CROATIA, tel: + 385-21-361840

Mr. Shin TANI, Cabinet Counsellor, The Secretariat of the Headquarters for Ocean Policy, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of Japan, 2F, Roppongi 25 Mori Building, 1-4-30, Roppongi, Minatoku, Tokyo 106-0032, JAPAN, tel: +81-3-55751517, fax: +81-3-55750090

IAG representatives:

Dr. Sunil BISNATH (Vice Chair), Dept. of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, Petrie Science & Eng. Bld. 129, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3, CANADA, tel: +1-416-7362100 (ext 20556), fax: +1-416-7365817

Mr. Grame BLICK, Land Information New Zealand, Private Bag 5501, Wellington 6145, NEW ZEALAND, tel: +64-4-4983833, fax: +64-4-4983837

Prof. Chris RIZOS, School of Surveying & Spatial Information Systems, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052, AUSTRALIA, tel: +61-2-93854205, fax: +61-2-93137493

Prof. Lars SJÖBERG, Division of Geodesy, Dept. of Infrastructure, Royal Institute of Technology, S-10044 Stockholm, SWEDEN, tel: +46-8-7907330, fax: +46-8-7907343

Ex-officio representatives:

Mr. Steve SHIPMAN, Professional Assistant (Hydrography), International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB), 4 quai Antoine 1er, BP 445, MC98011, Monaco Cedex, Pincipality of Monaco, tel: +377-93108100, fax: +377-93108140

Mr. Hariharan Pakshi RAJAN, Secretary of the Commission of the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Division of Ocean Affairs & the Law of the Sea (DOALOS), United Nations, New York, NY 10017, USA, tel: +1-212-9631234, fax: +1-212-9634879

Observers:

Mr. John BROWN, Law of the Sea, U.K. Hydrographic Office, Ministry of Defence, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN, U.K., tel: +44-1823-723407, fax:+44-1823-353075

Cdr. Izabel King JECK

Prof. Katsuhiro KUSUNOKI, Japan Coast Guard Academy, 5-1 Wakaba-cho, Kure City, 737-8512, JAPAN, tel: +81-823-214961, fax: +81-823-218105

Mr. Ron MACNAB, 11 Lyngby Avenue, Dartmouth , Nova Scotia B3A 3T6, Canada, tel: +1 (902)-463-3963, fax: +1 (902)-463-0908

Capt. Ravi NAUTIYAL, Director (International Affairs), For the Chief Hydrographer, National Hydrographic Office, 107-A, Rajpur Rd., Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 248001, INDIA, tel: +91-135-2747365, fax: +91-135-2748373

Cdr. Luiz Carlos TORRES (ret)


1999 ABLOS Conference

An international conference on TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF MARITIME BOUNDARY DELINEATION AND DELIMITATION, INCLUDING UNCLOS ARTICLE 76 ISSUES was organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 9-10 September 1999.

Download a copy of the conference report here.

Download conference papers (PDF files) here.

1999 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.


2001 ABLOS Conference

An international conference on ACCURACIES AND UNCERTAINTIES IN MARITIME BOUNDARIES AND OUTER LIMITS, was organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 18-19 October 2001.

Download a copy of the conference report here.

Download conference papers (PDF files) here.

2001 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.


2003 ABLOS Conference & Tutorials

An international conference on ADDRESSING DIFFICULT ISSUES IN UNCLOS, was organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 28-30 October 2003.

Download a copy of the conference report here.

Download tutorial & conference papers (PDF files) here.

2003 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.


2005 ABLOS Conference & Tutorials

An international conference on Marine Scientific Research and the Law of the Sea: the Balance between Coastal State and International Rights, was organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 10-12 October 2005.

Download tutorial & conference papers (PDF files) here.

2005 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.


2008 ABLOS Conference

An international conference on DIFFILCULTIES IN IMPLEMENTING THE PROVISIONS OF UNCLOS, was organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 15-17 October 2008.

Download a copy of the conference report here.

Download conference papers (PDF files) here.

2008 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.

 


2010 ABLOS Conference

An international conference on "Contentious Issues in UNCLOS - Surely Not?", will be organised by ABLOS, in Monaco, at the International Hydrographic Bureau, on 25-27 October 2010.

Download a copy of the conference report here.

Download conference papers (PDF files) here.

2010 conference participants photographed on the roof of the building housing the IHB, beside Monaco Harbour.


ABLOS Business Meetings


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