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6 Maritime Delimitation

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This chapter provides examples of the diverse methods states use to delimit maritime boundaries, including both bilateral agreements and cases from arbitral tribunals, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS). It considers the delimitation of the territorial sea. The chapter next addresses zones extending up to 200 nautical miles. It deals with the delimitation of extended continental shelves, i.e., continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles from baselines. The chapter presents one example of a bilateral agreement, relating to the territorial sea and continental shelf respectively. Hence, despite the fact that delimitation agreements far outnumber maritime boundaries settled through third-party adjudication, most of the excerpts included in the chapter are from arbitral and judicial decisions.

Keywords: baselines; extended continental shelves; International Court of Justice (ICJ); ITLOS; maritime delimitation; territorial sea



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