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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Maritime Boundary Delimitation

Professional Training Workshop, 25-27 September 2013
Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

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Clearly defined maritime boundaries are essential for good international relations and effective ocean management, yet few coastal states have agreed all their maritime boundaries with their neighbours. Part of the reason for this is that boundary delimitation requires a range of specialist legal and technical skills which are not always readily available to governments.

Combining lectures, discussions and practical exercises, IBRU's most popular workshop helps participants develop the skills needed to achieve an equitable division of maritime space and clearly defined maritime boundaries.

IBRU is delighted to be partnering with the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore in hosting this workshop.

The cost of the workshop will be £1,450 per participant. This fee does not include accommodation.

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Professor Robert Beckman, Centre for International Law

Mr Leo Bernard, Centre for International Law

Mr Joshua Brien, Commonwealth Secretariat

Mr John Brown, UK Hydrographic Office

Mr Rodman Bundy, Eversheds LLP

Professor Stuart Kaye, University of Wollongong

Professor Martin Pratt, International Boundaries Research Unit

Professor Clive Schofield, University of Wollongong


Wednesday 25 September

1) Welcome

2) Introduction

  • The signiifcance and value of maritime boundaries
  • The global state of play
  • Challenges in maritime boundary delimitation

3) The legal framework under UNCLOS

  • Developemnt of the law of the sea and history of UNCLOS
  • Maritime zones under UNCLOS
  • The importance of offshore geographic features
  • UNCLOS and maritime boundaries
  • Dispute settlement and other options for resolving maritime boundary disputes

4) Defining maritime space: baselines and limits

  • The normal baseline
  • Straight and archipelagic baselines
  • The relevance of baselines to maritime delimitation

5) Case law on maritime boundary delimitation

  • The North Sea continental shelf cases to Nicaragua v. Columbia

Thursday 26 September

6) Technical aspects of maritime delimitation

  • The role of the technical expert
  • Understanding charts, coordinates and 'straight' lines
  • Constructing eqidistance lines and other potential boundary lines
  • Geographical tools and data resources for maritime boundary delimitation

7) Living resources in maritime boundary delimitation

  • The relevance of living resources
  • Knowing what's at stake
  • Rights and responsibilties
  • Case studies

8) Practical exercise

  • Working in teams, participants will seek to delimit an equitable and technically robust maritime boundary between two neighbouring states

Friday 27 September

9) Lessons from facilitated boundary negotiations

  • The Commonwealth Secretariat's maritime boundaries programme
  • The negotiation process
  • Case studies of negtiation successes and challenges

10) State practice in maritime boundary delimitation

  • Innovative approaches to delimitation
  • Maritime delimitation in the context of territorial disputes
  • Connection with the land boundary terminus
  • Tripoints with third states

11) Round-table discussion: Unlocking complex maritime delimitation disputes

12) Closing discussion and wrap-up

Administrative information


The cost of the workshop will be £1,450 per participant.

We regret that payment can only be accepted in £ sterling. However, we are able to accept payment by major credit and debit cards. Full payment must be received prior to the workshop to guarantee the booking.

In addition to tuition and all course materials, the fee covers the following:

  • Evening dinner on 25 and 26 September.
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks on 25-27 September.


Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee

IBRU and CIL have negotiated a special workshop rate participants to stay at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel in Singapore.

The bed and breakfast rate of SGD285 per room is available until 23 August 2013. After this date the cheapest available rate will be offered by the hotel. If you woud like to take advantage of this offer, please request a hotel booking form from IBRU.

Transport will be provided from the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel every morning and evening to take participants to and from the workshop venue.


To reserve a place on the workshop, please contact Liz Kennedy or use the online booking form

The deadline for payment of all places on the workshop is 5 September 2013.


Workshop accommodation and teaching will be based at Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore.


Teaching and workshop materials will be in English. We regret that we are unable to provide translation or interpretation services.


Cancellations must be received in writing not later than Wednesday 5 September 2013, and will be subject to a £50 cancellation fee unless a substitute participant is offered. After this date the full registration fee will apply. Substitutions for registered participants may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

Programme changes

IBRU reserves the right to modify the programme as necessary, without notice to participants.