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Timor-Leste, Australia and Asia's contested maritime order

  • Evan A. Laksmana
    Evan A. Laksmana

    Researcher at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Seattle   /   Fri, September 22, 2017   /  08:31 am
Timor-Leste, Australia and Asia's contested maritime order An oil rig in the middle of South China Sea. (Shutterstock/File)

The Permanent Court of Arbitration, acting as a registry for a conciliation commission established under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), announced on Sept. 1 that Timor-Leste and Australia have agreed on their maritime boundary delimitation. The “package” deal would also address the legal status of the Greater Sunrise gas field (and a special regime to manage it) as well as pathways to develop and share the resources. Despite the resolution, the parties have yet to formalize the agreement and need to negotiate some remaining issues. All the details will remain confidential until then. The dispute and conciliation process offers salient lessons for contemporary maritime order. On the one hand, the conciliation process is unprecedented; this is the first time it has been activated in UNCLOS history. It also seems to be going against the regional trend...

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