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Constantinos Yiallourides

Biography Dr Constantinos Yiallourides is the Arthur Watts Research Fellow on the International Law of Territorial Disputes at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) where he leads the Watts programme of research and events in maritime and territorial disputes. He is also a Visiting Scholar in International Law and Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he conducts research on Japan's domestic regime for deep-sea mining and its international dimensions.…

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Jean-Pierre Gauci

Biography Dr. Jean-Pierre Gauci is Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law and Director of Teaching and Training at BIICL. Recruited in 2014 as a research coordinator for the British Influences on International Law Project, his role was extended to that of research fellow in August 2015 and associate senior research fellow in 2017. Jean-Pierre holds a PhD in Law from King's College London with research that focused on trafficking based asylum claims. He also holds a Doctor of Laws…

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Fisheries after Brexit

EVENTS Fisheries after Brexit Event - Tags Share Links Event - Timings and Location Sponsored by Event Details As a result of Brexit, a new fisheries regime or regimes governing the UK exclusive economic area will need to be devised in the context of a UK constitutional arrangement whereby fisheries management has been transferred to the four devolved…

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Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law

Coercive tactics: China, Turkey and International Law Energy exploration by China and Turkey within the national waters of other nations is contrary to international law - it is upon the international community to steer recalcitrant states towards obedience. Blog by Constantinos Yiallourides  in Maritime Issues Read the Blog 

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The ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Chagos Islands

Time: 17.30-18.30 (Registration from 17.00) Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP This event will discuss the most recent decision of the International Court of Justice. On the 25th of February, the Court delivered its Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The Court found that the separation of the Chagos islands from the British colony of Mauritius…

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Report Launch Event: 'The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory'

Time: 18.00 - 20.00 (Registration from 17.30) Event followed by a reception Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP Keynote Speaker: Sir Michael Wood Sir Michael is a member of the International Law Commission of the United Nations and is a senior fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. This event formally launched the report 'The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes…

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The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) has completed…

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The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

There are disputes over territory in almost every region of the world, sometimes leading to escalations and violence between States and threatening international peace and security. International law requires States to refrain from the threat or use of force and to attempt to settle their disputes by peaceful means in such a manner that international peace, security and justice are not endangered. In June 2018 the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) completed…

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The Use of Force in relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

    This project report provides a comprehensive analysis of the rules regulating the threat or use of force between States in international law and examines how these rules operate specifically in the context of territorial disputes. The report analyses a wide range of territorial disputes to clarify the legal obligations binding upon States involved in such disputes and the consequences flowing from a breach of these obligations. Publication - Download PDF Share…

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The Use of Force in Relation to Sovereignty Disputes over Land Territory

Time: 09:30-18.00 (Registration from 09:00) Venue: Goodenough House, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB NOW FULLY BOOKED This event will analyse and discuss the legal obligations of States in regard to disputed land territories, be it continental or island. The event will offer four panels featuring international law experts and members of BIICL's largescale research project on Territorial Disputes In particular, the event will examine the most important primary rules regulating the threat…

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Islands, Sovereignty and the Right to Return

Islands, Sovereignty and the Right to Return: An Analysis of the Chagos Islands ICJ Advisory Opinion RequestDid the UK act illegally in splitting off the Chagos Islands from Mauritius prior to its independence in 1968? On 22 June 2017 Mauritius successfully petitioned the UN to ask the International Court of Justice to consider this question, against the UK's wishes, but the outcome is rather uncertain. This contribution explains why. Read More

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Protecting and Preserving the Marine Environment in Disputed Areas

Protecting and Preserving the Marine Environment in Disputed Areas: Seismic Noise and Provisional Measures of Protection This paper is the first to address the environmental legal issues that could arise from the conduct of unilateral seismic operations in disputed maritime areas. And that should be surprising: such operations are ongoing in many places across the globe as states seek to enhance their domestic natural resource potentials and as they seek to establish their sovereign control…

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State responsibility for unilateral hydrocarbon activities in disputed maritime areas:

State responsibility for unilateral hydrocarbon activities in disputed maritime areas: The case of Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire and its implicationsThis post comments on the issue of the international responsibility of Ghana for its hydrocarbon activities in the disputed maritime area. It also deals with the future implications of the SC's ruling for the conduct of hydrocarbon activities in undelimited areas. Read more

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Analysis of Dispute Concerning Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire

Analysis of Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean Read More: Part I

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Calming the Waters in the West African Region: Ghana and Côte D'Ivoire

Calming the Waters in the West African Region: The Case of Ghana and Côte D'Ivoire On 23 September 2017, a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) unanimously fixed the course of the maritime boundary between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire and, thus, ended a longstanding dispute between the two West African neighbours. In addition to maritime delimitation, the legal reasoning and conclusions drawn in the judgment - especially in view of the Special Chamber's…

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It Takes Four to Tango: Quadrilateral Boundary Negotiations in the NE Atlantic

It Takes Four to Tango: Quadrilateral Boundary Negotiations in the North-East Atlantic This contribution examines the current state of play in the boundary negotiations between the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Iceland in the North-East Atlantic. It reviews the recent British, Irish and Danish submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf and finds that while these submissions have been instrumental in clarifying the legal and scientific basis of the parties' perception…

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Continental Shelf Boundaries in the North Sea and the North Atlantic

Continental Shelf Boundaries in the North Sea and the North Atlantic  This contribution provides a composite overview of the continental shelf boundaries in the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean from a historical perspective, dating back to the early days of the North Sea oil and gas industry, before considering live issues such as those surrounding the remote Atlantic rock of Rockall and the prospective maritime boundary delimitation between the United Kingdom and its regional neighbours…

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Undelimited Maritime Areas conference report published

Law of the Sea - Obligations of States in respect of Undelimited Maritime Areas BIICL has completed a major research project on the 'Obligations of States in respect of Undelimited Maritime Areas' led by Jill Barrett, Arthur Watts Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law. The research report was discussed at a public conference on 22 July 2016, by members of the research team and other distinguished experts in law of the sea from academia, legal practice and the international judiciary.…

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Law of the Sea - UNCLOS as a Living Treaty

                The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) now has nearly 170 States parties and is still attracting new ones. Often described as the "Constitution of the Sea", it sets the legal framework for all matters concerning the world's oceans. This book provides original thinking on a broad range of issues relating to maritime delimitation, exploiting the outer continental shelf, emerging international energy issues at…

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Report on the Obligations of States under Articles 74(3) and 83(3) of UNCLOS in respect of Undelimited Maritime Areas

Report on the Obligations of States under Articles 74(3) and 83(3) of UNCLOS in respect of Undelimited Maritime Areas This report considers the requirements of Articles 74(3) and 83(3) of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ("UNCLOS") concerning delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone ("EEZ") and continental shelf, with particular focus on States' obligations in respect of undelimited maritime areas in which no provisional arrangements apply. Its aim is to shed light…

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Obligations of States under Articles 74(3) and 83(3) of UNCLOS in respect of Undelimited Maritime Areas

More than half of the world's maritime boundaries are not the subject of a delimitation agreement. Worldwide, many of these boundaries are hotly disputed, leading to tensions and generating uncertainty for States and non-State actors with a stake in maritime resources. The 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) regulates the delimitation of maritime boundaries, and provides a framework for managing the overlapping claims of States with adjacent or opposite coastlines, and for…

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