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Simplifying the ITLOS judgment: Ghana v Côte d’Ivoire maritime dispute

INTRODUCTION

The Special Chamber of the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on September 23, 2017 delivered its judgment in respect of the maritime dispute between the Republic of Ghana (Ghana) and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (Côte d’Ivoire).

The dispute resulted in cessation of some petroleum activities in the T.E.N. fields in Ghana. Petroleum activities are however expected to resume following the ITLOS judgment.

Essentially a disagreement about the maritime boundary between the two countries and the difference in methodology in delimiting the boundary were the gravamen of the dispute between the two countries.

Whereas Ghana advocated an equidistant boundary methodology, starting from Boundary Pillar 55 (BP55), Côte d’Ivoire made the case for a sole maritime boundary which followed the 168,7-degree azimuth line from BP55.

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