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, Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research, has awarded its second annual Raymond Milefsky Award to Professor Akihiro Iwashita. Professor Iwashita is one of Japan’s leading boundary practitioners working at the Slavic-Eurasia Center at Hokkaido University.
A new edition of its ‘Map of Maritime Jurisdiction and Boundaries in the Arctic Region’ is now available after the submission of their claims by Canada to UNCLOS. Since 2008, this map has been the definitive source used by journalists, policy makers and scholars seeking to understand maritime claims north of the Arctic Circle.
The Spring 2019 of Borderlines, the annual newsletter from IBRU, is available to download. It includes details of the 2019 workshop programme, a summary of borders in the news over the last year and articles on migration and border practices.
IBRU has presented the Ray Milefsky Award to the Border Network for Human Rights(BNHR), a Texas-based organisation dedicated to fostering human rights across the U.S.-Mexico border. The award is presented annually to an individual or organisation who: has advanced knowledge of boundary-making or cross-border cooperation, or has implemented a programme over the past year that has contributed substantively to boundary-making or cross-border cooperation.