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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Eastern Greenland Case

Gudmundur Alfredsson

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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