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Indonesia; Singapore: Maritime Border Pact Signed

(Sept. 11, 2014) On September 3, 2014, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the Treaty Between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Eastern Part of the Strait of […]

Bangladesh; India: Court Awards Control of Maritime Region

(July 15, 2014) On July 7, 2014, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which is located in The Hague, issued its decision on the maritime dispute between Bangladesh and India. (Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration Between Bangladesh and India (Bangladesh v. India), Permanent Court of Arbitration website (last visited July 11, 2014).) The Court considered […]

Bolivia; Chile; International Court of Justice: Access to the Sea Case

(Apr. 25, 2014) On April 15, 2014, Bolivia submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a memorandum with arguments supporting its lawsuit filed against Chile for the purpose of reclaiming access to the Pacific Ocean. Bolivia lost that access to the coast in a 19th-century war with Chile, leaving it landlocked. Chile has stated […]

Cameroon; Nigeria: Bakassi Peninsula Transition Completed

(Aug. 23, 2013) On August 15, 2013, the United Nations Security Council issued a statement welcoming the peaceful end two days earlier of the special transitional regime that had been established for the Bakassi Peninsula. (Press Release, Security Council Press Statement on Bakassi Peninsula Developments, SC/11094 AFR/2680 (Aug. 15, 2013).) The peninsula, which is rich […]

Bangladesh; Burma: Maritime Dispute Adjudicated

(Apr. 12, 2012) On March 14, 2012, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) issued a ruling in a dispute between Bangladesh and Burma (Myanmar) concerning the two countries' maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal. (Case No. 16: Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary Between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the […]

European Union; Turkey: 2011 Progress Report on Turkey’s Accession

(Nov. 16, 2011) On October 12, 2011, the European Commission published its annual overview of the enlargement policy and the progress made by candidate countries in their efforts to join the European Union. The Report on Turkey is composed of 115 pages and covers the period 2010-2011 (hereinafter the Report). (Turkey 2011 Progress Report, Accompanying […]

Cambodia; Thailand: Indonesia Offers Assistance Toward Resolving Border Dispute

(May 11, 2011) On May 8, 2011, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) concluded a summit meeting in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, which is currently chairing the Association. Among the issues discussed was the border dispute between two of the organization's ten member states, Cambodia and Thailand. The Prime Ministers of the two […]

Romania; Ukraine; United Nations: Decision on Black Sea Boundaries

(Feb. 12, 2009) The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nation's highest court, issued a unanimous ruling on February 3, 2009, marking the sea border between Ukraine and Romania in the Black Sea. Public hearings in the case had been held in September 2008. (Case Concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. […]

United States: Supreme Court Rules for Delaware in Dispute with New Jersey

(Apr. 2, 2008) On March 31, the Supreme Court ruled that the State of Delaware has the authority to deny a permit for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that would have extended from the New Jersey shore of the Delaware River into Delaware territory. The states of New Jersey and Delaware have long disagreed […]