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Alex Oude Elferink on International Law and Negotiated and Adjudicated Maritime Boundaries: A Complex Relationship
21 Mar 2016 -  Mr. Alex Oude Elferink, Director at the Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea (NILOS), School of Law, Utrecht University

"International Law and Negotiated and Adjudicated Maritime Boundaries: A Complex Relationship"
Although negotiations remain the main avenue for settling disputes over maritime boundaries between neighboring States, courts and tribunals have dealt with a considerable number of cases and have to a large extent shaped the applicable law. This lecture looks at the role negotiations and adjudication have been playing in settling maritime boundaries between neighboring States and the role international law plays in both processes. In relation to the former issue, the lecture looks at the place of both modes of dispute settlement in this field of the law and next considers some of the reasons for States preferring either negotiations or adjudication and considers the nature of the complementarity of both modes. The role international law plays in both modes of dispute settlement is discussed subsequently.