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The South China Sea Award, Artificial Islands and Territory

Saunders, Imogen


Although artificial island building is a centuries-old practice, international law has remained relatively silent on the status of artificial islands. While much remains unsettled, two things are clear from the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea ('UNCLOS'): artificial islands cannot generate a territorial sea of their own; and cannot satisfy the 'naturally formed' requirement to be a 'true' island in the sense of art 121. Apart from these two strictures, there is little legal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017-01-01
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Year Book of International Law
DOI: 10.1163/26660229-034-01-900000004


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