Chapter 3: Explaining maritime boundary dispute settlement
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This chapter outlines how political scientists and lawyers have approached the topics of maritime space and settling maritime boundary disputes. The literature on territorial disputes on land is broad and well established, arguably constituting its own subfield of conflict studies and/or IR. It covers various ways of conceptualising foreign policy and the international system (across theoretical paradigms) while also grappling with the continuing challenge of how to bridge the international and domestic levels of analysis. Concerning the maritime domain, however, the gap between IR and international law is wide: the legal literature often does not engage with the political context, and the political science literature neither examines the maritime domain spatially nor explores its connection to international law.

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