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.
'Introduction to International Boundaries: Definition, Delimitation and Dispute Resolution'
This online training course provides a simple, contextual overview of international boundaries and the practical measures that can be taken to resolve international boundary disputes. Through a series of short online lectures and a final practical exercise, the course explores the relevance of borders and looks at land and maritime boundary disputes, before covering methods available for dispute resolution.
**Due to the global pandemic of the virus COVID-19, IBRU have taken the decision to postpone all face to face workshops in the forseeable future for the health and safety of all staff and colleagues who may have been travelling to thse events.
We hope to announce new dates for these workshops to take place in the future.**
IBRU, Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research, has awarded its third annual Raymond Milefsky Award to the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC), established by the International Court of Justice in 2002 to implement demarcation of the boundary between the two countries. The commission operates out of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
A new version of the Arctic map is now available. This version of the ‘maritime jurisdiction and boundaries’ map focuses solely on states’ continental shelves in the Central Arctic Ocean, where media attention on the geopolitics of Arctic governance has been concentrated. As our most simplified map, the Central Arctic Ocean map is the only one we recommend for publication in grey-scale (black and white).