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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Through research, consultancy and training, IBRU seeks to facilitate enhanced understanding of border areas, contribute to the peaceful resolution of boundary disputes, and engage with broader geographic questions concerning the changing nature of sovereignty, territory, citizenship, and the political organisation of space.

Since its founding as the International Boundaries Research Unit in 1989, IBRU has been the world’s leading research centre on international boundary making and dispute resolution, creating impact through the services it provides to the public and private sectors. Today, IBRU brings together work in international boundary law with the geographic study of borders and bordering in the 21st century.

IBRU is part of the Geography Department at Durham University.

IBRU map of Russian claims
IBRU has joined with its consulting partner, Bordermap, to release a new map showing Arctic Ocean Outer Continental Shelf claims. The map highlights differences between Russia’s recent claim, filed on August 3 2015, and its original claim filed in 2001.
On 19-21 June 2014, IBRU joined with the University of the Arctic's Thematic Network on Arctic Law to hold a Workshop on International Law, State Sovereignty, and the Ice-Land-Water Interface.

Contact Details

Department of Geography
Durham University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1961
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1962

Forthcoming training workshops


Defining, Delimiting and Managing the Outer Continental Shelf

22-24 February 2016, Washington DC