Unilateral Hydrocarbon Activities in Undelimited Maritime Areas
While the number of established maritime boundaries steadily increases, there are many situations where delimitation disputes between neighboring States remain unsettled. In the latter situation, States may face the existence of a hydrocarbon deposit that is located in an area where their maritime claims overlap. The presence of such a deposit inevitably creates a range of intricate legal (and political) issues. One of the issues is related to the question of whether States can unilaterally authorize hydrocarbon activities with respect to this deposit and, if so, what type of conduct is allowed in undelimited maritime areas. This article seeks to provide an answer to these questions.
Accepted manuscript. Published version with altered title available at http://ijil.ui.ac.id/index.php/home/issue/view/90.