Maritime Boundaries

Maritime Boundaries

Maritime Boundaries

Maritime Boundaries

Synopsis

This set compiles all five volumes of theWorld Boundariesseries: Volume 1:Global Boundaries Volume 2:Middle East and North Africa Volume 3:Eurasia Volume 4:The Americas Volume 5:Maritime Bound Each volume is available separately.

Excerpt

The period since 1945 has seen a growing interest in the practical aspects of maritime boundaries. Coastal state practice, impelled by economic and strategic considerations, has encroached upon maritime space once regarded as being outside territorial jurisdiction. The great revision of the law of the sea which culminated in the Montego Bay Convention of 1982 has endorsed the right of coastal states to maritime zones extending up to 200 nautical miles, and in respect of the continental shelf in some circumstances even further. It is not surprising therefore that the risk of dispute and even conflict over such expansionism has increased in proportion to the growth in the actual or potential interface between states’ maritime claims. To give one example: the entire waters and subsoil of the Mediterranean are potentially under the jurisdiction of one or another of its coastal states; if each were to exercise its entitlement, a substantial number of disputes would thereby be generated, not so much over the entitlement itself as over the delimitation of the zones thus claimed. Meanwhile, settlement of maritime boundary disputes is proceeding in an ad hoc and substantially bilateral manner in the form of contentious cases brought before the International Court of Justice and arbitral tribunals, and also in the form of treaties. The justification for the treatment of maritime boundaries in a separate volume of the proceedings of the Second Durham IBRU Conference in 1991 is therefore manifest.

Turning to the contents of Volume 5 in the series, a quadripartite distinction may be made. First, the paper by Jonathan Charney outlines the preparation of what is an essential tool in the hands of those concerned with maritime delimitation the world over, whether as government officials, legal advisers, technical experts or academic writers. The publication of the Maritime Boundary Project of the American Society of International Law is a highly significant event.

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