Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine)

On 16 September 2004, Romania brought a case against Ukraine before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) relating to a dispute concerning the establishment of a single maritime boundary between the two states in the Black Sea, thereby delimiting the continental shelf and the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) appertaining to them. Romania requested the ICJ to draw the boundary in accordance with international law and, specifically, the criteria laid down in Article 4 of the Additional Agreement between Romania and Ukraine, which entered into force in October 1997.

As the basis of the ICJ’s jurisdiction, Romania invoked Article 4(h) of the Additional Agreement between the two parties.

The public hearings in the case concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Black Sea (Romania v. Ukraine) were concluded on 19 September 2008. The Court delivered its judgment on 3 February 2009, establishing a single maritime boundary delimiting the continental shelf and exclusive economic zones of Romania and Ukraine.

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