Legal Aspects of Inter-State Maritime Delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin

Oil, Gas & Energy Law Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2013

24 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2013

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Andrew Filis

previously associated to QMUL

Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

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Date Written: April 24, 2013

Abstract

The discovery of gas and oil reserves in the East Mediterranean Basin (EMB) has put the spotlight on regional tensions between certain coastal States and on their unresolved disputes in relation to the delimitation of their respective maritime areas. The advent of the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) has sought to discipline such disputes along the lines of clear legal rules. That said, not all coastal States are parties to it. In the EMB region, three coastal States – namely Israel, Syria, and Turkey – are such parties. Whilst certain customary law provisions may be held to be reflected by UNCLOS provisions, this is not without controversy. Therefore, identifying the applicable customary norms to disputes involving any of these three States becomes a more complex matter further compounded by the fact that, prior to the advent of UNCLOS, State practice had been inconsistent across coastal States. This paper outlines the principal inter-State legal aspects of the delimitation of disputes in the region in relation to the maritime areas that these engage – namely the territorial sea, the continental shelf, and the exclusive economic zone.

Keywords: East Mediterranean Basin, maritime delimitation, continental shelf, territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, UNCLOS, international maritime law, customary law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Filis, Andrew and Leal-Arcas, Rafael, Legal Aspects of Inter-State Maritime Delimitation in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin (April 24, 2013). Oil, Gas & Energy Law Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2256315

Andrew Filis

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Rafael Leal-Arcas (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law ( email )

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