Shoreline boundaries for lakes and other water bodies are quite unusual but they do exist (i.e. national boundaries defined by ownership over the entire water body by one state, leaving the international boundary at the shoreline rather than the Thalweg or median delimitation as is usual). Examples in Africa (although contested in some quarters) may include Lake Nyasa/Malawi between Malawi and Tanzania and the Orange River between South Africa and Namibia. My questions then are -are there many other examples of shoreline boundaries (giving the entire river to one state) are out there? How many of these have been successfully challenged on the basis of being incompatible with the norm of median line delimitation? Is it fair to contest the 'fairness' of such shoreline delimitation mainly on the basis that there is a preponderance of median line solution in international practice?
Coming Soon: International Law and Boundary Disputes in Africa by Gbenga Oduntan Routledge -2014 -256 Series: Routledge Research in International Law http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415838924
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