In this first edition, Dr Yiallourides has attempted to offer an informative primer to a technical and highly controversial legal issue - disputed maritime boundaries and disputed resources - believing that if you take away the 'mystery' you can take away a great deal of the controversy.
Focusing on two long-standing maritime disputes, between China and Japan in the East China Sea, and between Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea, this book presents the relevant rules and principles of international law and places the disputes in their particular legal context. This helps to indicate what international law says about this matter, how international courts and tribunals have dealt with other cases and how states facing similar problems have achieved mutually acceptable solutions. In this way, Dr Yiallourides hopes readers can be better informed about what possibilities exist.
Importantly, as this book is part of ongoing work on maritime and territorial disputes and their interplay with other fields of international law (energy, environment, use of force and peaceful settlement, among others), hopefully, more editions will follow in due course to put different cases into perspective.
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