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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Islands and Maritime Boundary Delimitation

Professional Training Workshop

20-22 November 2019


in partnership with Freshfields LLP

Islands are capable of having a significant impact on maritime claims. This is because an island is in principle entitled to a territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf in the same manner as other land territory. Islands can therefore be at the centre of disputes between States over the delimitation of maritime boundaries. Several issues have become increasingly significant in recent years, including the distinction between islands and rocks for the purposes of Article 121 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the role of islands in the construction of baselines, the significance of artificial “islands” and modifications to high-tide features, as well as the disappearance of existing islands due to rising sea levels.

Facilitated by a team of expert tutors, the workshop will provide a unique in-depth exploration of the legal framework, state practice and international jurisprudence on islands, offering practical advice for policy-making, negotiations and successfully managing and resolving inter-State disputes.

We are delighted to be partnering with Freshfields on this workshop.

The cost of the workshop will be £1,900 per participant

This fee does not include accommodation.

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