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, India, Republic of Korea
  • Group C — Major exporters (4)
    Indonesia, Canada, Chile, South Africa
  • Group D — Developing States and special interests (6)
    Bangladesh, Brazil, Fiji, Jamaica, Lesotho, Uganda
  • Group E — Equitable geographic representation (18)
    Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ghana, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Spain, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom
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