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.
Ray has kindly endowed upon IBRU an annual award to honour a leading border practitioner or organisation.
The award will be presented 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.
Preparing for Third-Party Settlement of Boundary and Sovereignty Disputes -
6-8 May 2020 Washington DC, in partnership with Foley Hoag:
Negotiating Maritime Boundaries -
17-19 June 2020, The Hague, Netherlands:
Geographical Information in Boundary-Making and Dispute Resolution -
7-9 September 2020, Durham, UK.
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.
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.