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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

IBRU Training

IBRU runs regular professional training workshops on practical aspects of boundary-making and dispute resolution, including maritime boundary delimitation, negotiating international boundaries, preparing for litigation and arbitration, geographical information in boundary-making, and archive research for boundary dispute resolution. See workshop themes for further details of the issues covered.
IBRU also offer short online training courses that provide broad introductions to core topics in international boundaries. These online courses are a great way to learn more about specific topics or simply refresh your knowledge in areas where you may already have some experience.


Due to the continued disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, IBRU have decided to postpone all face to face training workshops for the forseeable future.

Workshops in 2021

Negotiating Maritime Boundaries

25-27 October 2021, The Hague, The Netherlands

More details to come soon


Introduction to International Boundaries: Definition, Delimitation and Demarcation

This online training course provides a simple, contextual overview of international boundaries and the practical measures that can be taken to resolve international boundary disputes. Through a series of short online lectures and a final practical exercise, the course explores the relevance of borders and looks at land and maritime boundary disputes, before covering methods available for dispute resolution.

In addition to serving as a standalone overview of topics surrounding boundary disputes, the course may also be taken as a foundation or refresher prior to attending one of IBRU’s practitioner-led, face-to-face workshops.


IBRU is pleased to announce a scholarship programme to support postgraduate attendance at IBRU training workshops.

Each year, IBRU will award one student a scholarship covering workshop registration, plus up to £500 towards travel expenses, to attend one of that year’s regularly scheduled training workshops. To be eligible a student must be enrolled in a postgraduate course of study, in any discipline.

To find out more on how to apply: