Organs of the International Seabed Authority

Assembly

Assembly

167 Member States + the European Union

  • Supreme/political organ
  • Power to establish general policies on any question or matter within the ISA competence
  • Approves budget
  • Approves regulations recommended by the Council

Finance Committee

  • 15 members including 5 largest contributors (as long as ISA depends on assessed contributions)
  • All financial and budgetary matters must be considered by finance committee
Council

Council

  • Group A — Major consumers (4)
    China, Italy, Japan, Russia
  • Group B — Major investors (4)
    France, Germany, China, Republic of Korea
  • Group C — Major exporters (4)
    Australia, Chile, Canada, South Africa
  • Group D — Developing States and special interests (6)
    Bangladesh, Brazil, Lesotho, Fiji, Jamaica, Uganda
  • Group E — Equitable geographic representation (18)
    Algeria, Argentina, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Ghana, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway
Legal and Technical Commission

Legal and
Technical
Commission

  • 30 expert members
  • Recommend approval plans of work
  • Propose technical & environmental regulations to Council
Economic Planning Commission

Economic
Planning
Commission

  • Not currently operational. Functions carried out by LTC
Secretariat

Secretariat

Secretary-General + Administrative and Technical Staff

Enterprise

Enterprise

  • Organ of the ISA mandated to carry out activities in the Area directly
  • Not currently operational. Interim functions carried out by the Secretariat