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Durham University

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research

Introduction to International Boundaries: Definition, Delimitation and Dispute Resolution


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International boundaries are a major source of friction between neighbouring states. Many land boundaries remain poorly defined and fewer than half of the world’s potential maritime boundaries have been fully agreed. Governments recognise the value of clearly-defined boundaries, yet the political, economic and social complexities of boundary regions, as well as the details of topography and history, often make resolving competing territorial and jurisdictional claims extraordinarily difficult.

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.