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An Attempt To Unravel Charting And Publicity Requirements Imposed By NCLOS Article 16

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Under Article 7 (1) of UNCLOS, the method of straight baselines joining appropriate points may be employed in localities where the coastline is deeply indented and cut into, or if there is a fringe of islands along the coast in its immediate vicinity. In several instances, bays shared by two or more States have not been closed, even though they would meet the geographical conditions required for the closing of uridical bays. The baseline of the Rio de la Plata has given rise to protests by France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. In international practice there are cases where straight closing lines have been drawn by the bordering States concerned; they have not always led to protests by other States; and one of them has been endorsed also by the International Court of Justice.

Keywords:France; International Court of Justice; Rio de la Plata; UNCLOS



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