The Gulf of Maine Boundary Dispute and Transboundary Management Challenges: Lessons for the Aegean?
Some might question the relevance of the Gulf of Maine boundary dispute between Canada and the United States over the shared ocean waters off their Atlantic coasts to the Aegean Sea context. Canada and the United States have largely resolved their dispute through adjudication before a Chamber of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which drew a boundary line in October 1984,1 while Greece and Turkey have disagreed on resort to third-party resolution.2 Canada and the United States are noted for friendly relations, sharing a common language and a free trade relationship,3 while Greece and Turkey have faced political and military confrontations and major cultural differences.4 The Aegean Sea is notorious for its difficult maritime delimitation complexities, posed in part by numerous Greek islands close to Turkish shores,5 while the Gulf of Maine in comparison displays a ‘simple geography’.6
KeywordsMaine Case Maritime Boundary Boundary Dispute Maritime Delimitation Australian Island
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