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  • Book Launches Law of the Sea: ‘Maritime Boundary Delimitation’ and ‘Traité de Droit international de la Mer’

    May 22, 2018

    The Peace Palace Library was delighted to host, along with the K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS) of the UiT the Arctic University of Norway and Le Club de Droit International, the book launch of Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Case Law; Is it Consistent and Predictable? This book, which is edited […]

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  • Arctic Sovereignty: Icy Roads to the North Pole

    January 10, 2014

    Canada, the US, Norway, Russia, and Denmark have been gathering scientific evidence for more than a decade in an effort to increase their continental shelf claims in the Arctic Ocean Region.The potential delimitation dispute between Canada, Russia and Denmark seems to focus on the Lomonosov Ridge. The North Pole is located about 400 nautical miles from the northernmost island of Canada, Denmark, Norway and the Russian Federation. Under international law coastal state rights over the water columns are limited to the 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone, using the state’s territorial sea baselines as starting point.

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  • Hans Island

    Hans Island : Crisis in the Arctic?

    February 23, 2012

    Compared with other regions on the planet, the Arctic is warming faster. More of the Arctic is free of ice for longer periods. The possibilities for exploitation of natural resources and for control over Northern shipping lanes have prompted countries’ renewed interest in their competing claims to the region. Recently, Denmark (for Greenland) and Canada have clashed over their claims to a small, barren rock known as Hans Island.

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  • The Falkland Islands Conflict

    March 12, 2010

    Tensions between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands came to a boiling point when the UK announced plans to begin offshore oil drilling near the remote islands in February 2010. This blog will briefly discuss this complicated dispute as well as the actions taken by both parties in the United Nations General Assembly.

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  • Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine)

    February 3, 2009

    On Tuesday 3 February 2009 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine). A public sitting took place at 10 a.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which the President of the Court, Judge Rosalyn Higgins, read the Court’s Judgment.

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