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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

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.

The new programme of professional training workshops for 2018 has been announced. The new programme offers workshops on Archive Research for Boundary Dispute Resolution and Boundary Demarcation & Maintenance.
This is a simplified version of the ‘maritime jurisdiction and boundaries’ map that focuses on claims to the outer continental shelf: the area more than 200 nautical miles from shore and beyond the limits of exclusive economic zones. Additionally, this map indicates the extent of sea ice, showing the median September minimum for the period 1981-2010 and, for comparison, data from the most recent September (September 2016).
The Spring 2017 of Borderlines, the annual newsletter from IBRU, is now available to download.

Contact Details

Department of Geography
Durham University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1965
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1962
Latest ediion of Borderlines now available


Archive Research for Boundary Dispute Resolution

11-13 June 2018, London, UK

Boundary Demarcation & Maintenance

2-4 July 2018, Durham, UK