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The Role Of The Technical Expert In Maritime Delimitation Cases

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This paper focuses on an area of expertise which is crucial to any maritime boundary delimitation, namely geographical expertise. The primary aim of maritime delimitation, at least as far as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and continental shelf are concerned, is the equitable division of maritime space. A second key aim is the unambiguous definition of a line that can be located on the ground with sufficient accuracy for practical needs. Oil and gas producers become capable of operating in deeper and deeper waters, the need for clearly-defined and geodetically-robust maritime boundaries becomes ever more pressing. In such a context, courts and tribunals surely have a responsibility to ensure that their decisions are as sound technically as they are legally. One way or another, courts and tribunals need to ensure that they receive expert technical advice during the deliberation phase of the proceedings.

Keywords: continental shelf; exclusive economic zone (EEZ); maritime delimitation; technical expert; tribunal



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