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12 Maritime Boundary Delimitation

Malcolm D Evans

From: The Oxford Handbook of the Law of the Sea

Edited By: Donald R. Rothwell, Alex G. Oude Elferink, Karen N. Scott, Tim Stephens

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 12 May 2021

Law of the sea — Maritime boundaries — Exclusive economic zone — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — International procedural law

This chapter provides an overview of maritime boundary delimitation, drawing on its history whilst focusing on points of contemporary relevance. Topics covered include the delimitation of the territorial sea; the ‘equidistance’ or ‘equitable principles’ debate and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (LOSC); the delimitation process; issues concerning the identification of the relevant area, islands, and low-tide elevations; the relevance of economic and jurisdictional issues to the delimitation process; and the 2014 Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration.

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