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A Typology Of Borders

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Borders are as important as ever in the fabric of international relations. This point is illustrated by the fact that border issues continue to be brought before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and arbitral tribunals, and that international lawyers still write about them-witness a recent book on the boundaries of Switzerland. This chapter draws up an inventory of the different types of borders currently in use and their functions. It focuses on the borders determining the spatial jurisdiction of States, i.e. dividing spaces appertaining to different States, or to the same State, or national and international spaces. Within these parameters, the chapter discusses the different types of international borders or similar dividing lines. Stable national borders are at the root of a State's security and, indeed, of its very existence; they are conducive to international peace and harmony.

Keywords: borders; International Court of Justice (ICJ); international peace



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