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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Territory, Lease

Yaël Ronen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 December 2020

Subject(s):
Foreign relations law — Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, extra-territorial — State succession, state property and contracts — Territory, title

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 A lease of territory under international law is an agreement by which a subject (Subjects of International Law), ordinarily a State, grants another subject of international law, also ordinarily a State, the right to use and exercise control over part of the former’s territory. The latter part of the 20th century has seen leases, or arrangements closely resembling them, to private actors, primarily corporate bodies. When territory is leased, sovereignty over it remains with the lessor and is divorced from jurisdiction, which is granted to the lessee (see also...
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