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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Dover, Strait of

David Heywood Anderson

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 August 2019

Straits — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea)

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

1 The Strait of Dover (‘Strait’) or ‘Pas de Calais’ ( Straits, International ) extends well beyond the coasts of Dover and Calais. As defined by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) , the Strait extends on the northern side from Beachy Head to the North Foreland—marking the entrance to the Thames Estuary—and on the southern side from Dieppe to the Belgian frontier. At its narrowest point—between the White Cliffs of Dover and Cap Gris Nez—the width of the Strait is approximately 18 nautical miles and its overall length, including the approaches, is...
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