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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Delagoa Bay Railway Arbitration

Gleider I Hernández

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

Sovereignty — Compensation — Arbitration — Damages

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 Delagoa Bay Railway Arbitration was conducted between the United States and Great Britain as joint claimants against Portugal as defendant. The arbitration exclusively concerned the question of what compensation was due from Portugal for its rescission of a railway concession and seizure of a railroad. The arbitration was a part of a wider series of disputes between Portugal and other colonial powers, notably Great Britain, and later South Africa, for control over the south-east African coast. Delagoa Bay—or Lorenço Marquès, now Maputo—was an area which had...
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