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Volume 5, Number 2 (2020)
The Decision on the Maritime Boundary between Chile and Peru: International Law Revisited
Maria Teresa Infante Caffi
In 2014, the International Court of Justice rendered its judgment on matters submitted to it by Peru against Chile in 2008. Peru contended that there was a bilateral legal controversy over the delimitation of the maritime spaces between both countries. Chile argued for the validity of long-standing treaties between the parties, which had been enforced and implemented in law and in practice. Was it a classical delimitation controversy from one part, or a reinterpretation of existing agreements from another perspective? The judgment acknowledged the existing maritime delimitation, while jointly declaring that the extent of the parallel line reaches 80 nautical miles.