Australia’s declarations made under certain international laws

February 2020

© Commonwealth of Australia 2020
ISBN: 978-1-76093-057-8

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Chapter 1—Introduction and Background

  Referral and conduct of the inquiry
  Background to Australia's 2002 declarations
  History of negotiations over the delimitation of the Timor Sea maritime boundary

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Use of declarations by signatories to the UNCLOS and the ICJ Statute
  Rationale for the 2002 declarations and their timing
  Effect of the declarations on maritime boundary negotiations and general relations with Timor-Leste
  Potential effects of revoking Australia's 2002 declarations
  Committee view

Dissenting comments by Senator Rex Patrick : Pushing the Boundaries Too Far

Appendix 1—Submissions and Answers to questions on notice

Appendix 2—Public hearing and witnesses

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