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North Sea Continental Shelf Case (Federal Republic Of Germany v Denmark and v Netherlands)

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FactsEdit

West Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark wanted to determine where the maritime borders of their countries were.

IssueEdit

  1. What principles and rules of international law are applicable between the parties?

DecisionEdit

The parties must come to an equitable settlement of the appropriate boundaries.

ReasonsEdit

Finding then that equidistance was not a rule of customary law, the majority ruled that equitable principles must be utilized in negotiations between the parties to delineate the boundaries.

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