The Outermost Small Islands of the Indonesian Archipelago: A Legal Analysis

In: The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law
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  • 1 Faculty of Law, Bandung Islamic University, Bandung, Indonesia

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Abstract

This article analyses the Indonesian laws and regulations relating to the archipelago, including outermost small islands, according to 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The article discusses the role and function of the outermost small islands in delimiting Indonesian maritime boundaries with its neighbouring States, the aspects of defence and security, as well as its utilization for public welfare and marine environmental preservation. Research presented in this article indicates that challenges remain in the face of implementing the legal frameworks. It offers some recommendations to address these problems.