The Maritime Boundaries of the Adriatic Sea
Author: Gerald Blake & Dusko Topalovic
The disintegration of Yugoslavia has led to a proliferation in the number of Adriatic littoral states and thus an increase in the number of potential maritime boundaries and — almost inevitably — maritime boundary disputes.
This Briefing provides an overview of maritime boundary agreements and outstanding claims of the Adriatic states. Particular attention is paid to the consequences arising from the emergence of Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and Yugoslavia (Serbia/Montenegro) as distinct states, but consideration is also given to the maritime boundaries of Albania and Italy. Although a number of thorny issues have yet to be fully resolved — for example the Bay of Piran dispute between Croatia and Slovenia, the Croatia-Yugoslavia boundary on the Prevlaka peninsula and the Bay of Kotor, as well as the question of Bosnian access to the sea — the study concludes that the prospects for peaceful cooperation in the Adriatic are quite good, particularly with regard to environmental collaboration.
Maritime Briefings (Vol. 1 no. 8)