Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Schofield, C. H. (2009). The trouble with Islands: the definition and role of Islands and rocks in maritime boundary delimitation. In S. Hong & J. Van Dyke (Eds.), Maritime Boundary Disputes, Settlement Processes, and the Law of the Sea (pp. 19-37). The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.


This paper provides a maritime jurisdictional overview, against which context the importance of islands is assessed. In the process, disputes over islands are high-lighted. The regime of islands in the contect of the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea is then addressed. This is a significant issue, as the majority of potential maritime boundaries around the work remain undelimited, and disputes over islands frustrate or complicate access to and management of ocean resources.