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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: 23 February 2020

Subject(s):
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.

1The 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 19th century in order to justify the survival of territorial sovereignty over certain...
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