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II Themes, 9 Territory and Boundaries

Daniel-Erasmus Khan

From: The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law

Edited By: Bardo Fassbender, Anne Peters

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 02 June 2023

Boundaries — Territory, title — Territory, acquisition and transfer — Law of the sea — Air law and law of outer space
In 1966, Robert Ardrey put a surprisingly simple question on the world's intellectual map: ‘Is Homo sapiens a territorial species?’1 For the self-made anthropologist the answer was unambiguously clear: ‘Man … is as much a territorial animal as is a mockingbird singing in the clear Californian night.’2 Even if we are not ready to share the somewhat disquieting view that ‘certain laws of territorial behaviour apply as rigorously in the affairs of men as in the affairs of chipmunks’,3 and despite a number of important objections to any kind of (excessive) ‘biological...
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