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.
A message from IBRU Director Professor Phil Steinberg
A message from the IBRU Director Professor Phil Steinberg on the impact of Covid-19 on IBRU and on borders around the world.
**Due to the global pandemic of the virus COVID-19, IBRU have taken the decision to cancel all face to face workshops in 2020 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.**
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).
Our workshop programme for 2020 has been disrupted because of the global pandemic of Covid-19. 'Preparing for Third-Party Settlement of Boundary and Sovereignty Disputes', 'Negotiating Maritime Boundaries' and 'Geographical Information in Boundary-Making and Dispute Resolution' have all been postponed. New dates will be announced when possible.
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.
Department of Geography