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Grisbadarna Revisited

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In the first decade of this century, the entrance to Baltic Sea was the setting for the Grisbadarna Case concerning the maritime boundary between Norway and Sweden. In the late nineteenth century a dispute arose between Norway and Sweden about access to fishing banks in the area of their maritime boundary off the two mainlands to the south of the Oslo Fjord. The limits of national Jurisdiction were narrow with the result that the only maritime boundaries were those in internal waters and the territorial sea between neighbouring, usually adjacent, coastal states. The decision of the Tribunal was welcomed in an editorial in the American Journal of the International Law in 1910. The question of delimitation was not addressed at the Hague Conference of 1930; but when codification of the law of territorial waters was next attempted, the approach taken in the Grisbadarna Case was rejected.

Keywords: Grisbadarna Case; Hague Conference; internal waters; maritime boundary; national Jurisdiction; Norway; Sweden; territorial sea



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