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Defining maritime boundaries: ‘the murky hand of history's oversight’ in the Gulf of Maine

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Abstract:

In this paper, an unresolved boundary dispute in the Gulf of Maine, between the United States and Canada, in an area known as the Grey Zone is examined. In the context of a juridically weak framework of principles for determining international maritime boundaries, the case of a small fishing community caught between conflicting national interests and a lucrative fishing zone being claimed by both countries is examined. Left unresolved with the 1984 International Court of Justice decision defining the ‘Hague Line’, this dispute is made more problematic because of ambiguous objectives and conflicting agendas between national governments, between state and community levels and within the community itself.

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Cet article examine une dispute non-résolue qui concerne les frontières dans le Golfe du Maine, entre les Etats-Unis et le Canada, dans une région qui s'appelle la zone grise. Au context d'un cadre des principes qui est faible juridiquement pour déterminer les frontières maritimes internationales, cet article examine le cas d'une petite communauté de pêche prise entre les intérêts nationales en conflit, et une zone de pêche lucrative qui est revendiquée par les deux pays. Laissé non-résolue avec la décision par la CIJ (la Cour Internationale de Justice) en 1984 qui a défini la «Ligne d’Hague,» ce dispute se fait plus problématique à cause des objectives ambiguës et des agendas en conflit entre les gouvernements nationaux, entre les niveaux de l'état et de la communauté, et entre la communauté soi-même.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0008-3658.2004.00060.x

Affiliations: McGill School of Environment, Macdonald Campus, McGill University, Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada H9X 3V9 ( ), Email: marshallj@macdonald.mcgill.ca

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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