Equitable Principles of Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Quest for Distributive Justice in International Law

Equitable Principles of Maritime Boundary Delimitation: The Quest for Distributive Justice in International Law

By: Thomas Cottier (author)Hardback

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Equity emerged as a powerful symbol of aspired redistribution in international relations. Operationally, it has had limited impact in the Westphalian system of nation states - except for maritime boundary delimitations. This book deals with the role of equity in international law, and offers a detailed case study on maritime boundary delimitation in the context of the enclosure movement in the law of the sea. It assesses treaty law and the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It depicts the process of trial and error in the extensive case law of the International Court of Justice and arbitral tribunals and expounds the underlying principles and factors informing the methodology both in adjudication and negotiations. Unlike other books, the main focus is on equity and its implications for legal methodology, in particular offering further guidance in the field of international economic law.

About Author

Thomas Cottier is Full Professor of European and International Economic Law at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and the Managing Director of the World Trade Institute. Much of his professional work has been dedicated to international economic law, in particular international trade regulation, working in the field both as an academic and a negotiator and chair and member of WTO panels.


Equity revisited: an introduction; Part I. Context: The Enclosure of the Seas: 1. The silent revolution; 2. The new maritime zones: evolution and legal foundations; 3. Distributive effects of the enclosure movement: an assessment of global equity; Part II. The New Boundaries: 4. Approaches to delimitation; 5. State practice; 6. Judicial and conciliatory settlements; 7. An assessment of customary law; Part III. Delimitation Based on Equity: 8. The rule of equity; 9. Conceptual issues and the context of equity; 10. Justiciable standards of equity; 11. The methodology of judicial boundary delimitation; 12. The role of equity in negotiations.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107080171
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 836
  • ID: 9781107080171
  • weight: 1280
  • ISBN10: 1107080177

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