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bay

Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

A well-defined indentation along a state's coastline. In certain circumstances, international law permits a straight baseline (a closing line) to be drawn across the mouth of the bay....

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closing line

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The baseline for measuring the territorial sea (and other maritime zones) across the mouth of a bay is referred to as a closing line. The U.N. Convention on the Law ...

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drying rocks, shoals

Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

These terms were used by the International Law Commission in its draft articles and commentary on the baselines of the territorial sea ([1956] 1 I.L.C. Yearbook 195 and 283), but ...

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exclusive economic zone

Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

(EEZ)

A zone defined by Articles 55–75 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as comprising that area of sea adjacent to a coastal state not exceeding 200 miles from the...

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internal waters

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All rivers, canals, lakes (excluding international ones), and landlocked seas, the waters of ports, bays, and roadsteads, and the waters on the landward side of the baseline of the...

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low-water line

Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

Art. 5 of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 (1833 U.N.T.S. 3) provides that ‘the normal baseline for measuring the breadth of the ...

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straight baselines

Overview page. Subjects: International Law.

In drawing baselines for the territorial sea, art. 7(1) of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 (1833 U.N.T.S. 3) provides that ‘[i]n localities ...

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