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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

International Boundaries and Transboundary Resources

Professional Training Workshop

18-20 October 2017

New York, USA

Many of the world’s international boundaries run through areas rich in natural resources, for which there is ever-increasing competition. Most States agree in principle that transboundary resources should be shared in an equitable manner and managed as efficiently as possible. However, in practice it is often very difficult to establish effective regimes that achieve these goals.

Control over natural resources is also an issue that underlies many unresolved inter-State disputes concerning sovereignty over territory, maritime areas associated with that territory, and international boundaries on land and at sea.

Led by a team of expert tutors, this innovative workshop will identify strategies and tools for the effective management of transboundary resources on land and at sea. This will cover issues arising between States, and issues arising between States and companies wishing to exploit resources in both delimited and undelimited areas. This workshop will also address inter-State disputes affecting areas where there are, or are thought to be, hydrocarbons or other natural resources. In particular, it will address recent developments arising from the resolution of disputes on these subjects by negotiation, conciliation, arbitration and litigation.

We are delighted to be partnering with Freshfields LLP on this workshop. Freshfields will also host this workshop at their offices in New York. To find out more about their practice in Public International Law, the Freshfields brochure can be viewed here.

The cost of the workshop will be £1,850 per participant. This fee does not include accommodation.

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Workshop flyer


Mr Vladimir Jares, Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat

Dr Ben Juratowitch QC, Freshfields LLP

Mr Gavin MacLaren, Freshfields LLP

Ms Alexandra van der Meulen, Freshfields LLP

Dr Daniel Müller, Freshfields LLP

Professor Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting

Mr Will Thomas, Freshfields LLP

Professor Jean-Marc Thouvenin, Sygna Partners & The Hague Academy

Mr Ed Turner, Exxon Mobil Corporation


Wednesday 18 October

1) Welcome and introduction

  • Transboundary resources: a global survey
  • Conflicts over transboundary resources
  • The need for effective management

2) Options for resolving boundary disputes impacting on transboundary resources

  • Negotiation / mediation / conciliation
  • Third party disputes resolution: international litigation and arbitration

3) The role of the United Nations in supporting effective maritime delimitation and ocean governance

4) Relevant legal principles for resolving boundary disputes

  • Maritime boundary disputes
  • Territorial and sovereignty disputes

Thursday 19 October

5)Legal principles of transboundary petroleum resource management

  • 'Disputed-border deposits' v. 'Cross-border deposits'
  • Comparing Joint Development Agreements and Unitization Agreements
  • When is there an obligation to cooperate?
  • The 'rule of capture'

6) A case study: lessons from managing transboundary energy resources in Southeast Asia

7) The role of the private sector in transboundary resource exploitation and management

8) Practical exercise

Friday 20 October

9) Transboundary water resource management

  • Issues and challenges in managing transboundary waters and international rivers
  • Legal frameworks for transboundary water management
  • Evaluating optimal and equitable allocations
  • Case studies

10) Regimes for transboundary resource management: the role and value of mixed commissions

  • Boundary commissions
  • Transboundary energy commissions
  • Transboundary water commissions
  • Transboundary environmental commissions

Administrative information


The cost of the workshop will be £1,850 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:

  • Lunch and refreshment breaks on 18-20 October
  • Drinks receprion hosted by Freshfields on Wednesday 18 October
  • Evening dinner on Thursday 19 October


Workshop teaching will be based at the offices of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in New York


601 Lexington Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY10022, USA (Location map)


Accommodation is not included in the workshop fee.

You are required to book your own accommodation in New York.

Workshop Reservations

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


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 1 October 2017, and will be subject to a £150 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.

If required, please ensure you have a valid visa to travel to The United States of America before booking on the workshop. Refunds cannot be made to indiviuduals that do not have the required travel documentation after the deadline date of 1 October 2017 has passed with no exceptions.

Programme changes

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