Title to Territory

Title to Territory

Hardback The Library of Essays in International Law

By (author) Malcolm N. Shaw, Series edited by Professor Robert McCorquodale


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 500 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 246mm x 48mm | 1,134g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1840144637
  • ISBN 13: 9781840144635
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,959,136

Product description

The question of territory has always been central to the international legal system. It constitutes the core of the definition of the state, and the state remains the primary element in international law. As such it is tied to the issue of jurisdiction and the extent of the power exercisable by the state. It is also central to the organisation of the international order, for a state-based world community requires rules by which to determine how territory may be allocated to states and the sanctions that may be applied for violation of territorial integrity. Further, as states appear, disappear and re-emerge in a different guise, principles as to the determination of boundaries become critical. The Former Yugoslavia is the most prominent example of this in modern times. This volume consists of numerous important essays describing the role of territory in international law and how the international legal system accepts and regulates the apportionment of territory between states, and regulates boundary questions. The volume is prefaced by a wide-ranging Introduction which lays out the essence of the modern law in this critically important area of international law.

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Author information

Professor Malcolm N. Shaw QC is the Sir Robert Jennings Professor of International Law at the University of Leicester, and a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge during 2005. He is also a practising barrister with extensive experience in advising on questions of territorial disputes in International Law.

Table of contents

Contents: Introduction: the international law of territory: an overview. Law and Territory in the International System: Territory in international law, M.N. Shaw; Sovereignty, territory and the international lawyer's dilemma, Donald W. Greig. Historical Development: Discovery, symbolic annexation and virtual effectiveness in international law, Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte; The concept of statehood and the acquisition of territory in the 19th century, J.A. Andrews. Modes of Acquisition: Adjudication and adjustment - international judicial decision and the settlement of territorial and boundary disputes, A.L.W. Munkman; Title to territory: response to a challenge, Georg Schwarzenberger; The acquisition of title to territory by newly emerged states, J.G. Starke; Acquisitive prescription in international law, D.H.N. Johnson. Associated Doctrines: Some observations on the doctrine of continuity and the finality of boundaries, Kaiyan Homi Kaikobad; The doctrine of intertemporal law, T.O. Elias; The scope of acquiescence in international law, I.C. MacGibbon. Force and Territorial Title: What weight conquest?, Stephen M. Schwebel. Maps: Maps as evidence in international boundary disputes: a reappraisal, Guenter Weissberg. Self-Determination and Territorial Integrity: Self-determination versus territorial integrity in decolonization, S.K.N. Blay; Drawing a better line: uti possidetis and the borders of new states, Stephen R. Ratner; Peoples, territorialism and boundaries, Malcolm N. Shaw; Name index.