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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Gibraltar

Michael Waibel

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 November 2019

Subject(s):
Sovereignty — Territory, title — Self-determination — Territory, non-self-governing — State succession

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

1 Gibraltar is a promontory of about five square kilometres on the Southern coast of Spain. It comprises the rock, the town, its historically important fortifications, and port. An isthmus with the Gibraltar airport links the foot of the rock and the Spanish mainland, bisected East-West by the Spain-Gibraltar line of control. The enclave is one of 14 remaining British Overseas Territories ( Enclaves ; Overseas Territories, Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America ). To the west, Gibraltar is bordered by the Bay of...
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