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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Panama Canal

Maurizio Arcari

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 December 2021

Subject(s):
Canals — Ships / vessels — Warfare, sea — Treaties, effect for third states — Treaties, interpretation — Treaties, application — Armed forces — Neutrality and non-alignment — Peace treaties

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 While the idea of piercing the isthmus of Central America to connect the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans dates back to the Spanish colonial age, it became a concrete plan only during the 19th century. At the first Pan-American Congress held in Panama in 1826 the construction of an inter-oceanic canal (Canals) was considered as a common American project for the benefit of all States (see also International Law, Regional Developments: Latin America).2 The legal history of the inter-oceanic canal may be said to begin in 1846, when the United States and New Grenada,...
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