Part A Commentary on the Modern International Law of Maritime Boundary Delimitation, 1 Context
Stephen Fietta, Robin Cleverly
- Coastal states — Delimitation — Straits — Territorial sea — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Boundaries
This first section starts by defining the international law of maritime boundary delimitation. It chronicles the history of boundary delimitation. It then provides an early history of maritime claims and maritime boundary delimitation. Prior to the First United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea in 1958, it states, there was no international consensus on the rules applicable to maritime delimitation, and limited State practice of maritime boundary delimitation. Following the First World War, a number of attempts were made by non-governmental groups to codify the emerging rules of international law related to maritime jurisdiction and the delimitation of overlapping claims. The chapter then goes on to outline the relevant zones of maritime sovereignty and jurisdictions under the modern law.