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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Eastern Greenland Case

Gudmundur Alfredsson

Subject(s):
Territory, acquisition and transfer

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 1931, by a royal proclamation, Norway declared that it was occupying and placing under its sovereignty an area in Eastern Greenland that it called Erik Raudes Land ( Territory, Acquisition ; Occupation, Pacific ; see also Occupation, Belligerent ). The area amounted to a substantial portion of Eastern Greenland, ranging from latitude 71°30´ to 75°40´ North. Norway submitted that this area was outside the limits of the Danish colonies in Greenland and should be regarded as having been terra nullius when the Norwegian presence was established ( Territory,...
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