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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Demarcation Line

Jochen von Bernstorff

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 June 2024

Subject(s):
Peace treaties — Armed conflict — Demarcation

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). 

1 Demarcation lines are provisional borderlines separating territories under different jurisdictions (Jurisdiction of States). They separate territories between States or within territories governed by one or more occupying powers or in the context of secession. In contradistinction to State boundaries, demarcation lines are intended to be provisional and temporary in character. They are used for transitional purposes until a final delimitation of boundaries becomes possible. Historically, a final determination of boundaries would often be made in a peace treaty...
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