Artificial islands and territory in international law

Satellite image of Durrat Al Bahrain, 14 artificial islands, Bahrain.

Event details


Date & time

Thursday 22 June 2017


Seminar Room 1.13, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Imogen Saunders


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

Artificial island building activities by States have escalated in recent years: China’s activities in the South China Sea have received international attention. But what status do these newly created islands have? This seminar explores the notion of territory at international law and asks whether a State can create new territory by building an island.

About the Speaker

Imogen Saunders is a lecturer at the ANU College of Law. She specialises in general international law and international trade law, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in both areas.

Imogen completed her PhD in 2012 on the subject of Article 38(1)(c) of the Statute of the International Court of Justice. She is currently ‘on sabbatical’ at RegNet, where she will be transforming this thesis into a monograph for publication, as well as continuing research into artificial islands and territory at international law. For contact information, please visit her RegNet profile.

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