According to the International Court of Justice, this rule has the status of customary law, Territorial and Maritime Dispute (Nicaragua v. Colombia), and gives islands major importance…
- Gilbert Guillaume
- Global Times
It does however have an exception.
According to paragraph 3 of the same article, “[r]ocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf.”
These rocks generate rights only to a territorial sea and a contiguous zone.
This text of…