Boundaries and Delimitation

Final Award published in the South China Sea arbitration

On 12 July 2016, the final Award in the arbitration between the Republic of the Philippines and The Peoples' Republic of China was issued by the Tribunal constituted under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS"). … Continue reading

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Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf publishes full recommendations over limits of Argentina’s continental shelf

The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (the CLCS) has now published its full recommendations on the limits of Argentina's continental shelf.  There was considerable press speculation following the issue of a preliminary CLCS press release … Continue reading

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Cutting through the politics of the Scottish Independence Referendum: The International Law Implications of Independence Audio Webinar

As Scotland is poised to decide on its future, a number of questions remain unexplored and unresolved in the politics of the Referendum debate. In our July 2014 webinar, “Cutting through the politics of the Scottish Independence Referendum: The International … Continue reading

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Panel speaks on international and private law implications of the creation of new States

With the question of independence on the agenda in Scotland and Kurdistan to name only two, the possible creation of new states has potentially significant ramifications for business, and particularly investments, risk assessments and contracts. Today a panel comprised of … Continue reading

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UNCLOS Annex VII Tribunal decides Bangladesh-India maritime boundary dispute

On 7 July 2014, an Arbitral Tribunal constituted under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (the Convention) issued its award in the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration between the People’s Republic … Continue reading

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ICJ delimits Peru-Chile maritime boundary

On 27 January 2014, the International Court of Justice (the ICJ or the Court) delivered its judgment in the Maritime Dispute (Peru v Chile) case, which concerned the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Peru and Chile in the Pacific … Continue reading

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ICJ settles boundary dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger

On 16 April 2013, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ“), issued a judgment determining the course of the frontier between Burkina Faso and Niger. This decision has settled a decades-old dispute … Continue reading

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Colombia withdraws from ICJ over Nicaragua v Colombia ruling

On 19 November 2012, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (the “ICJ“), ruled that Colombia has sovereignty over seven disputed islands in the western Caribbean but granted Nicaragua control of a large amount … Continue reading

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Sovereignty over Islands and Consequences for Maritime Boundaries: The Dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu/Diaoyutai Islands

The last few weeks have seen anti-Japanese protests in almost a dozen Chinese cities.  Demonstrators took to the streets apparently in response to the latest developments in a long-standing dispute between China and Japan concerning a group of islands in … Continue reading

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A rock or an island? The significance of Okinotorishima and its status under the international law of the sea

Okinotorishima is an atoll in the Philippine Sea. Most of it reportedly lies below sea level even at low tide, with only two small areas appearing above the surface at high tide: one the size of a twin bed and … Continue reading

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