Maritime Delimitation


The delimitation of maritime zones is an important requirement for peaceful relations between neighbouring States. There are numerous examples of areas between States with opposite or adjacent coasts where sovereignty over an island or territory may not be contested but the delimitation of the continental shelf and exclusive economic zone is still pending. Under the Law of the Sea Convention, the delimitation of these zones shall be effected by agreement on the basis of international law. However, the Convention does not offer a definitive answer as to the methods that should be applied.
This publication includes contributions by Judges of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, eminent scholars and experienced practitioners. The papers deal with various aspects of maritime delimitation: the jurisprudence of international courts and tribunals and their relevance for delimitation, the impact of the Law of the Sea Convention, the role of legal practitioners and diplomatic negotiators, and delimitation under particular geological circumstances and in geographically complex regional situations. It is designed to provide insight and guidance to the complicated process of maritime delimitation.

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Pages: 245–250
”The essays in Maritime Delimitation cover a wide range of subjects pertaining to maritime boundaries and the delimitations process. Some of the essays cover familiar subjects in a fully competent and professional manner […]. Other of the essays-and here we would put those by Wolfrum, Bernárdez, and Treves-raise new and important considerations about compulsory dispute settlement under the Convention. The editors are to be congratulated for their work in putting this volume together.”

David A Colson and Brian J. Vohrer, The American Journal of International Law, Vol. 101
Preface, Rainer Lagoni and Daniel Vignes, La Délimitation des Frontières Maritimes dans la Jurisprudence Internationale: Vue d’Ensemble, Laurent Lucchini, The Role of International Dispute Settlement Institutions in the Delimitation of the Outer Continental Shelf, Rüdiger Wolfrum, Provisional Measures and Interventions in Maritime Delimitation Disputes, Santiago Torres Bernárdez, What have the United Nations Convention and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea to offer as regards Maritime Delimitation Disputes? Tullio Treves,The Role of the Technical Expert in Maritime Delimitation Cases, Martin Pratt, Preparing for a Delimitation Case: The Practitioner’s View, Rodman R. Bundy, Negotiating Maritime Boundary Agreements: A Personal View, David Anderson, Joint Development Zones as an Alternative Dispute Settlement Approach in Maritime Boundary Delimitation, Thomas A. Mensah, Maritime Delimitation in Complex Island Situations: A Case Study on the Caribbean Sea, Chris Carleton, Recent Developments as regards Maritime Delimitation in the Adriatic Sea, Tullio Scovazzi, Maritime Delimitation in a Semi-enclosed Sea: The Case of the Adriatic Sea, Budislav Vukas, Some Thoughts on the Extension of Existing Boundaries for the Delimitation of New Maritime Zones, Irini Papanicolopulu, Index
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