Maritime Boundary-Making in the Mediterranean: A Necessary Premise for Regional Marine Co-operation?

  • Aldo Chircop
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Maritime boundary-making has not been an easy process in any marine region around the world, and the Mediterranean easily compares to other complex geographical areas such as the Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, Persian/Arabian Gulf and elsewhere.1 Complex maritime boundary-making is not restricted to regions where conflict is endemic. Even between states with good neighbourly relations, such as the US and Canada, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, and France and the UK, the process of maritime boundary-making has been difficult.2


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    For a leading survey of maritime boundary delimitation practices in other marine regions, see Jonathan Charney and Lewis Alexander, eds, International Maritime Boundaries (Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff, 1993).Google Scholar
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    For a comprehensive treatise on the history of maritime boundary delimitation in the literature see Douglas M. Johnston, The Theory and History of Ocean Boundary-Making (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1988).Google Scholar
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    See Andre Reynaud, Le plateau continental de la France (Paris: Librarie générale de droit et de jurisprudence, 1984), 232–3.Google Scholar

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