Beyond Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea
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Beyond Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea

Legal Frameworks for the Joint Development of Hydrocarbon Resources

Edited by Robert Beckman, Ian Townsend-Gault, Clive Schofield, Tara Davenport and Leonardo Bernard

This highly informative and up-to-date book brings together expert scholars in law of the sea to explore the legal and geopolitical aspects of the South China Sea disputes and provide an in-depth examination on the prospects of joint development in the South China Sea.
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Chapter 9: Joint development in the Timor Sea

Legal Frameworks for the Joint Development of Hydrocarbon Resources

Stuart Kaye


The maritime boundary arrangements between Australia and Timor Leste are the result of a complex series of events stretching over 40 years back in time, from a point well before Timor Leste’s independence. The boundary arrangements, put in place first between Australia and Indonesia in 1989, then changed by Australia and the United Nations in 1999 and finally between Australia and Timor Leste from 2003, represent some of the most detailed joint development regimes in the world. While the current situation, as reflected in the Timor Sea Treaty and the Treaty on Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS Treaty), has existed for almost a half a decade, there is every indication that further change is still very much a possibility.

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