"I realise that some of my criticisms may be mistaken; but to refuse to criticize judgements for fear of being mistaken is to abandon criticism altogether... If any of my criticisms are found to be correct, the cause is served; and if any are found to be incorrect the very process of finding out my mistakes must lead to the discovery of the right reasons, or better reasons than I have been able to give, and the cause is served just as well."

-Mr. HM Seervai, Preface to the 1st ed., Constitutional Law of India.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Arbitration between Bangladesh and India: Award

We had previously blogged about the dispute between Bangladesh and India on the delimitation of maritime boundary in the Bay of Bengal (here). The arbitral tribunal consisting of Professor Dr. Rüdiger Wolfrum, (President), Judge Thomas A. Mensah, Dr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao, Professor Ivan Shearer and Judge Jean-Pierre Cot has passed an award on 07.07.2014 delimiting the boundaries of Bangladesh and India. Although Dr. Pemmaraju Rao concurred with the tribunal on several aspects, he disagreed with the majority on aspects pertaining to adjustment of provisional equidistant line, creation of grey area due to the adjustment of provisional equidistant line.

The award and all relevant documents, including the Permanent Court of Arbitration Press Release are available here. Hats off to PCA for providing all the main documents pertaining to the arbitration.

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