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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

American-Canadian Ocean Boundary Disputes and Cooperation

Ted L McDorman, David L VanderZwaag

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 August 2022

Subject(s):
Regional organizations — Maritime boundaries — Boundaries

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 Canada and the United States (‘US’) have maritime boundary disputes off all three coasts—the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Arctic. There are ‘resolved’ maritime boundaries respecting near-shore waters between Maine and New Brunswick on the Atlantic coast, and between Vancouver Island and the state of Washington on the Pacific coast. All of these agreed maritime boundaries were completed between the US and Great Britain with the last one done in 1925. The other maritime boundaries that exist are a result of adjudication: the 1903 Alaska Boundary Case established...
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