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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Neighbour States

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Danio Campanelli

Subject(s):
Regional co-operation — Comity

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In today’s world the overwhelming majority of frontiers are clearly established ( Boundaries ). As stated by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Territorial Dispute Case (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya/Chad) , ‘to define a territory is to define its frontiers’ ( para. 52 ). 2 Each and every State is surrounded by frontiers—whether they are terrestrial, aerial, subterranean, or maritime—delimiting the portion of territory where a sovereign power is exclusively installed (see also States, Sovereign Equality ) . Most of these frontiers are common between...
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