Sierra Leone to take center stage today as it will appeared before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in a pivotal hearing regarding a request for an advisory opinion on climate change and international law.

The request, submitted by the Commission of Small Island States, has drawn international attention and placed Sierra Leone at the forefront of the fight for climate justice.

The written submissions presented by Sierra Leone were meticulously prepared by Michael Imran Kanu, The case is being presented orally at the ITLOS by the Deputy Minister of Justice, representing Sierra Leone’s dedication to addressing critical environmental issues on the global stage.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, established by the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, stands as an independent judicial body with a profound mandate. It holds jurisdiction over any dispute related to the interpretation or application of the Convention, and it extends its authority to matters specifically designated in other agreements that grant jurisdiction to the Tribunal.