MARITIME BOUNDARY DELIMITATION
BETWEEN INDONESIA AND TIMOR LESTE:
A TECHNICAL PERSPECTIVE
Clive SCHOFIELD, UK
Centre for Maritime Policy, University of Wollongong
The 1999 referendum liberated East Timor making it an independent country. As adjacent coastal States, Indonesia and Timor Leste are currently faced with the challenge of delimitating their maritime boundaries. According to Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, negotiations on this particular matter have yet to start.
This paper aims to provide a preliminary study on how the delimitation of the Indonesia – East Timor maritime boundary could be achieved, focusing on its technical aspects. A number of alternative potential boundary alignments will be examined and analysed in the context of the maritime boundary negotiations between the two States.
The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, LOSC, will provide the main legal reference point, together with relevant state practice and jurisprudence. Technically, potential delimitation lines will be calculated in a geodetically robust manner with the assistance of a specialised Geographic Information Systems (GIS) application. This paper concentrates on specific contextual issues around the definition of the maritime boundaries and explains associated technical terms.
Keywords: maritime boundary delimitation, law of the sea, LOSC
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