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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 has always devoted much attention to maritime issues and the laws that govern the ocean regarding boundary delimitation. However recently that interest has stretched further with a combination of professional training workshops and academic research at the forefront of their work.

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.

Contact Details

Department of Geography
Durham University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1961
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1962
Borderlines Spring 2016

Professional training workshops in 2016


Negotiating International Boundaries

23-25 May 2016, Durham, United Kingdom

Preparing for Third Party Settlement of Boundary & Territorial Disputes

26-28 September 2016, The Hague, Netherlands

Islands in Maritime Jurisdiction & Boundary Delimitation

14-16 November 2016, Dubai, UAE

200 Boundary & Security Bulletin articles now available as free downloads.