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Judge Thomas Mensah (UK / Ghana)

Thomas Mensah is a graduate of the University of Ghana. He holds law degrees from the University of London and Yale University Law School, and a doctorate from Yale.

He joined the United Nations International Maritime Organisation in London in 1968 and headed the newly – created Legal Division. In 1981 he was appointed Assistant Secretary General of the IMO.

In 1995 Thomas  Mensah was appointed Ghana’s first High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa, presenting his credentials to President Nelson Mandela.

In 1996 he was elected as a Judge in the newly established United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg, Germany. He was subsequently elected by the Judges of the Tribunal as the first President of the Tribunal.

Judge Mensah’s contribution to the maritime field was formally recognised in May 1998 when he was inducted into the Maritime Hall of Fame in New York: his nomination was presented by Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

H.E. Judge Thomas Mensah sat as President of the Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague in proceedings initiated under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea in Ireland v. United Kingdom (The “MOX Plant Case”).

In October 2009 the People’s Republic of Bangladesh instituted arbitral proceedings concerning the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Bangladesh and the Republic of India pursuant to Article 287 and Annex VII, Article 1 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) acts as Registry in this arbitration. Judge Mensah has been appointed to the Arbitral Tribunal.

He has also been appointed as a Judgead hoc in the delimitation case between Bangladesh and Myanmar before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg.


Thomas A.  Mensah
50 Connaught Drive
London NW11 6 BJ

Tel + 44 (0) 20 8458 3180
Fax + 44 (0) 20 8455 8288
Email: tamensah@yahoo.co.uk