The question of Territory has always been central to the international legal system. It constitutes the core of the definition of the State, and as such it is tied to the issue of jurisdiction and the extent of the power exercisable by the State. It is also central to the organisation of the international order, for a State-based world community requires rules by which to determine how Territory may be allocated to States and the sanctions that may be applied for violation of territorial integrity. Further, as States appear, disappear and re-emerge in a different guise, principles as to the determination of boundaries become critical.

This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Territory. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library's systematic classification scheme → Territory in general and subject heading (keyword) Territory are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.

Thirlway, H., "Territorial Disputes and Their Resolution in the Recent Jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice", Leiden Journal of International Law, 31 (2018), No. 1. pp. 117-146.

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Keywords: Uti possidetis, Decolonization, Public international law,

2. Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands und Verlust der deutschen Ostgebiete
Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands und Verlust der deutschen Ostgebiete : ein Beitrag zur Rechtslage Deutschlands nach 1945 / von Gilbert Gornig. - Berlin : Duncker & Humblot. - Pages 135-157 In: Japanischer Vorkämpfer für die Rechtsordnung des 21. Jahrhunderts : Festschrift für Koresuke Yamauchi zum 70. Geburtstag / herausgegeben von Heinrich Menkhaus und Midori Narazaki, ISBN 9783428148455: (2017), Pages 135-157. - 2017

3. Des îles dans les plis de la Bannière étoilée: les territoires et États associés de l'Océan Pacifique dépendant des États-Unis
Des îles dans les plis de la Bannière étoilée: les territoires et États associés de l'Océan Pacifique dépendant des États-Unis / Renan Le Mestre In: Journal du droit international = ISSN 0021-8170: vol. 145, issue 3 (jul-sep), page 801-822. - 2018
Keywords: United States of America, Oceania, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Micronesia, Territorial sovereignty,

4. Jerusalem and international law: a bibliographic overview
Jerusalem and international law: a bibliographic overview / by Rens Steenhard. - The Hague : Peace Palace Library, 2017. - Blog General characterization: text; computer; online resource - 2017
Keywords: Jerusalem, Arab-Israeli conflict, International status, Bibliographies,

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