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Is the Pacific Shaping the Future of Maritime Limits and Boundaries?

  • Introduction

On August 6, 2021, the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) members published a “Declaration on preserving maritime zones in the face of climate change-related sea-level rise.”[1]

  • Géraldine Giraudeau
  • The American Society of International Law

This is not the first time Pacific island states and territories[2] have explicitly supported the preservation of their maritime entitlements in the face of the effects of climate change.

It is, however, the first regional statement entirely dedicated to this complex legal issue, and it provides a detailed commitment on interpretation and development of the law of the sea regarding sea-level rise.

The International Law Commission (ILC) Study group on sea-level rise in…

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