Maritime delimitation agreements and sovereignty claims: current trends and recent cases

What can we learn from the recent maritime delimitation agreements for the way States deal with maritime claims? How does this affect non-State actors' rights? Are we witnessing a shift in the manner we interpret the law of the sea, notably under new pressures for accsess to natural resources? Those are some of the questions we will discuss during this seminar.

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This is the first event of a new seminar series co-organised by the Research Group on Natural Resources Law, the Research Group on International Governance, and Research Group on Human Rights, Armed Conflict, Peace and Security Law of the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law.


Registration is mandatory and the access to the seminar is password protected.

Please register here by June 10th 2021 by filling the following form:

The connection details will be sent to you by E-mail the day before the seminar.




Welcome and Introduction

Ass. Prof. Catherine Banet, Prof. Alla Pozdnakova and Prof. Cecilia Bailliet, University of Oslo.

Part I – Transversal issues



Non-State actors' rights in maritime delimitation: Lessons from Land

Dr. Marianthi Pappa, University of Nottingham

Part II – Recent cases: lessons learned and upcoming challenges


Recent maritime delimitation agreements and ongoing disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

Dr. Nicholas Ioannides, University of Nicosia



"Experience with delimitation agreements within and beyond 200M: the delimitation agreement between the Kingdom of Denmark and Poland, and delimitation agreement(s) in the area beyond 200 M north of the Faroes"

Henning Dobson Knudsen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark



The proposed new Law on Norway's Continental Shelf

Kjell Kristian Egge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway


Panel discussion


End of seminar


Marianthi Pappa (Dr) is Assistant Professor in Law (specializing in International Law of the Sea and Energy Law), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK. Dr Pappa possesses a diverse background in legal practice and academic research. She has practiced law in Greece and Cyprus, consulting individuals and multinational corporations operating in the fields of finance and energy. She is the author of the book Non-State Actors' Rights in Maritime Delimitation ( (CUP, 2021).

Nicholas Ioannides (Dr) is adjunct lecturer in international law at the University of Nicosia. Previously Nippon fellow at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. In 2020, he published a book entitled 'Maritime Claims and Boundary Delimitation: Tensions and Trends in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.' (Routledge, 2020).

Henning Dobson Knudsen is senior legal counsel and leader of the Law of the Sea and Maritime Delimitation Secretariat in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Kjell Kristian Egge is International Law Adviser in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Career Diplomat since, he has held different positions in the Legal Department of the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs since 2003. Egge has worked extensively on Law of the Sea and Arctic Issues, including heading Norwegian delegations to various United Nations and Arctic processes. He is the Head of delegation to the ongoing UN BBNJ negotiations.

Organizing committee:

Ass. Prof. Catherine Banet, Prof. Alla Pozdnakova and Prof. Cecilia Bailliet, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Norway.



Tags: Law of the sea, sovereignty, jurisdiction, naturalresources
Published May 21, 2021 1:26 PM - Last modified May 21, 2021 5:34 PM