1 Geographically, islands are areas of land surrounded by water. As with any other land territories, principles and rules on acquisition of territory also apply to islands (Territory, Acquisition). They are also entitled to maritime zones, such entitlement being conditional upon the legal definition of the term ‘island’. International regulations in this regard have developed gradually, first through State practice, then through negotiations during successive codification conferences, and through the development of international case law (Conferences and...
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