ICJ delivers final judgment in Indian Ocean maritime boundary dispute


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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has delivered its final judgment in the case of Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v Kenya). The case, which began in 2014, concerns the location of the entire maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya.  In a judgment handed down on 12 October 2021, the ICJ unanimously rejected Kenya’s argument that Kenya and Somalia had agreed that their maritime boundary followed an easterly line along a parallel of latitude. The Court went on to rule in favour of Somalia, holding that the maritime boundary followed a median line in the territorial sea and an adjusted equidistance line in respect of the EEZ and continental shelf.

Professor Philippe Sands QC and Edward Craven represented Somalia throughout the proceedings before the ICJ.

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