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Handbook on the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries

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This handbook is a useful tool for facilitating the negotiating process to which countries with adjacent or opposite coasts can resort to in case of overlapping claims. Its area of coverage includes: maritime zones subject to boundary delimitation; norms and rules applicable to maritime boundary delimitation; factors exerting an influence on maritime boundary delimitation; methods applicable to maritime boundary delimitation; practical aspects of the negotiations; negotiating and drafting the agreement; and settlement of disputes.

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Methods applicable to maritime boundary delimitation

The equidistant line is defined in article 12 of the 1958 Geneva Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone and article 15 of the 1982 Convention as "the line every point of which is equidistant from the coastlines from which the breadth of the territorial sea of each two States is measured". The 1958 Geneva Convention on the Continental Shelf contains a similar definition, which differentiates between States with adjacent coasts and States with opposite coasts, for which it uses the term "median line" although, technically speaking, such a line is also an equidistant line

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