What is the relationship between a State and its territory? How has
the process of acquiring territory evolved? What happens in cases
where an occupying force is involved? What about cases where a
territory is being administered by an international body? This book
examines the international legal principles relating to territory,
and surveys the role of territory within the international
Shaw examines the long historical evolution of the
international law of territory- from the concepts of discovery,
control, conquest and succession, to colonial protectorates and the
more modern processes of decolonization and the principle of
self-determination. Once independent, the state is protected by the
international legal principle of territorial integrity. The nature
of this principle and the legal challenges to it are examined. This
book also explores the legal principles in play in boundary
disputes and the nature and role of boundary treaties. Finally,
Shaw examines situations where a non-sovereign power exercises
control over a territory, including cases of belligerent occupation
and aspects of international territorial administration.
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