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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Abyei Arbitration

Brooks W Daly, Garth Schofield

Subject(s):
Secession — Arbitral awards, recognition and enforcement — Boundaries

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

1 Initiated in 2008, the Abyei Arbitration concerned an internal boundary delimitation in the context of Sudan’s North-South civil war ( Sudan ). The boundaries in question having already been delimited through the processes provided for in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (‘CPA’), the dispute presented the question of whether the expert panel responsible for performing the initial delimitation exceeded their mandate. The Tribunal’s detailed elaboration of the standard of review for allegations of excess of mandate constitutes the Award’s ( Government of Sudan v...
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