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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Archive Research for Boundary Dispute Resolution

Professional Training Workshop

11-13 June 2018

London, UK

Most countries’ archives contain a wealth of material relating to international boundaries, much of which can be crucial to the understanding of boundary and territorial disputes. However, the size and complexity of many archives means that finding relevant material and compiling an accurate picture of the key issues is rarely a straightforward task. This workshop, led by experienced archivists, researchers and case managers, is designed to help participants appreciate how archive material can be used to help build a case, and to provide practical guidance on how to make the best possible use of time available for archive research.

The workshop will also include practical sessions at The National Archives and The Royal Geographical Society.

The cost of the workshop will be £2,220 (inclusive of UK VAT at 20%) per participant. This does not include accommodation.

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Mr Jim Caruth, The British Library

Mr Charles Claypoole, Latham & Watkins LLP

Dr Juliette Desplat, The National Archives

Mr James Cronan, The National Archives

Mr Daniel Gilfoyle, The National Archives

Mr David McNeill, The Royal Geogrpahical Society

Professor Martin Pratt, Bordermap Consulting

Dr Richard Schofield, Kings College London


Monday 11 June

1) Introduction

  • Boundary and territorial disputes and their resolution
  • The importance of historical archoves for boundary dispute resolution
  • Types of archive
  • Working in archives

2) Title to territory and the role of evidence in demonstrating title

  • Coordinating research
  • Evaluating and organising evidence
  • Presenting archive evidence in negotiations and third-party adjudications
  • Examples from cases including: Eritrea-Yemen, Indonesia-Malaysia, Eritrea-Ethipoia

3) Map research

  • The evidentiary value of mapsh
  • Map archives
  • Practicalities of map research
  • Evaluating and presenting map evidence

4)Cartographic resources at the British Library

  • Antiquarian map collections
  • Modern map collections

5) Boundary tales from the archives

  • State acts during the evolution of disputes
  • Over-reliance on the colonial record
  • Case studies from the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean

Tuesday 12 June

6) The National Archives at Kew

  • Maps and other records for boundary research
  • Orientation tour and document display
  • Research exercise

Wednesday 13 June

7) The Royal Geographical Society

  • Showcase of research resources at the Royal Geographical Society
  • Personal research

Administrative information


The cost of the workshop will be £2,220 per participant. This includes UK VAT of 20% per person.

We regret that payment can only be accepted in £ sterling. We are able to accept payment by major credit and debit cards.

The deadline for payment of all places on the workshop is 21 May 2018

Full payment must be received prior to the workshop to guarantee the booking. If full payment is not received before the deadline date of 21 May 2018 any provisional places booked will be released. Bookings made after 21 May 2018 will only be guarenteed with payment in full.

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

  • Evening dinner on Monday 11 June.
  • Lunch and refreshment breaks on 11, 12 and 13 June.
  • Travel to the National Archives.


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


Workshop tuition will be based at the Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum

Please note that accommodation is not included in the workshop fee.

If you would like to stay at the The Holiday Inn London Kensington Forum, London Kensington, IBRU have negotiated a rate of £135 per night bed and breakfast. This offer is available until 26 April 2018. After this date rooms will be available to book at the best available rate. To take advantage of this special rate please call th reservations line on 0044 207 341 3355 and quote 'YU7'

Participants are free to book their own accommodation in central London and the huge variety of excellent establishments within the city means all tastes and budgets can be catered for.

We suggest that you book accommodation either within walking distance of the workshop venue or find accommodation which is within close proximity to a tube station in order to make your journey to the workshop venue as easy as possible. The hotel is located next to Gloucester Road tube station on the Piccadilly line.


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 21 May 2018, and will be subject to a £150 cancellation fee unless a substitute participant is offered. Any cancellations made after this date will be charged the full registration fee of GBP2,220. A substitute participant be be offered at any time but prior notice must be given to the IBRU events team.

Programme changes

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