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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Historic Titles

Andrea Gioia

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

Territorial sea — UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) — Sovereignty — Customary international law

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

1 The term ‘title’ is used in the international legal literature to denote the source of a particular right, but it can also designate the evidence which may establish the existence of such a right. The term ‘historic title’ is similarly used to denote both the source and the evidence of a right over land or maritime territory acquired by a State through a process of historical consolidation ( Territory, Acquisition ). The concept originated in the State practice at the end of the 19 th century in order to justify the survival of territorial sovereignty over...
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