The Law of Maritime Delimitation and the Cyprus-Turkey Maritime Boundary Dispute

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Title: The Law of Maritime Delimitation and the Cyprus-Turkey Maritime Boundary Dispute
Author: Christodoulides, Photeini
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law
Publisher: Helsingin yliopisto
Date: 2017
Language: eng
Thesis level: master's thesis
Degree program: Kansainvälisen liikejuridiikan maisteriohjelma (International Business Law)
Master's Programme in International Business Law
Magisterprogrammet i internationell affärsjuridik
Specialisation: Kansainvälinen oikeus
International Law
Abstract: The settlement of the maritime dispute between the Republic of Turkey (RoT) and the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) in the Eastern Mediterranean is politically deadlocked. Both countries keep insisting on their maritime claims despite the diplomatic settlement efforts by the United Nations and the Council of Europe. RoC argues that an equidistance line should be drawn between the two opposite areas, whereas RoT claims that the existence of relevant circumstances, including geographical and non-geographical factors, necessitates a different maritime solution. As their maritime dispute is, besides a political matter, a legal matter regulated by international law, this thesis aims to review the claims of both parties based on the contemporary conventional and customary international law of the sea, with due regard to state practice and international jurisprudence. To determine where the maritime boundary between Turkey and Cyprus lies, legally speaking, an attempt is made to critically compare this case with the outcome of relevant international judicial decisions.
Subject: International law
maritime delimitation
three-stage approach
equidistance line
relevant circumstances
Eastern Mediterranean Sea
maritime zones
maritime boundary dispute

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