Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law
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Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law

Edited by Marcelo G. Kohen and Mamadou Hébié

Despite globalization and the increasingly transnational character of human activities, territorial disputes remain a significant source of tensions in international relations and constitute a large share of inter-state cases brought before international tribunals and courts. The Research Handbook on Territorial Disputes in International Law analyses the concepts, technical rules, and norms applicable to territorial disputes.
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Chapter 6: Boundaries

Giuseppe Nesi


This chapter discusses the question specific to the establishment of international boundaries. After defining boundaries, the author notes the fundamental importance of the consent of the disputing parties to the establishment of the boundaries, dismissing any automatic reliance upon the theory of ‘natural boundaries’. The chapter also examines hypotheses when the boundary is established by application of the principle of uti possidetis. Giuseppe Nesi also analyses the role of third parties in the determination of a boundary, such as judges and international organizations. Finally, the author reviews the rules protecting boundaries in international relations.

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