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Questions relating to the Seizure and Detention of Certain Documents and Data (Timor-Leste v Australia)

Francisco Pereira Coutinho

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 03 October 2023

Natural resources — Good faith — Sovereignty — Maritime boundaries — Treaties, invalidity, termination, suspension, withdrawal — Conciliation — Unilateral acts

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1The continental shelf resources of the oil-rich Timor Sea were at the origin of yet another dispute at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In East Timor (Portugal v Australia) (‘East Timor Case’) Portugal argued that by entering into the Treaty between Australia and the Republic of Indonesia on the Zone of Cooperation in an Area between the Indonesian Province of East Timor and Northern Australia (‘Timor Gap Treaty’), Australia violated the right of self-determination of the Timorese people and its inherent right of access to and sovereignty over the...
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