International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU)

On 19 September 2011, CIL concluded an MOU with the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU) based in Durham University, to discuss collaboration on future training workshops. Since its foundation in 1989, the IBRU has built on its international reputation as a leading source of information and expertise on boundary and territorial issues worldwide, working to minimise conflict associated with international boundaries on land and sea around the world.

On 19-21 September 2011 and 26-28 September 2012, pursuant to the MOU, CIL and IBRU held Workshops on the Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries at the National University of Singapore’s Bukit Timah Campus (for more information about the 2012 Workshop, click here; for more information about the 2011 Workshop, click here). Prominent speakers for the first Workshop included CIL Director Prof Robert Beckman, IBRU Director of Research Prof Martin Pratt, Mr Rodman Bundy of Eversheds LLP, former Head of the Law of the Sea, UK Hydrographic Office, Chris Carleton and CIL Research Fellow Ms Tara Davenport.

CIL sponsored two government officials each from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and the Philippines to attend the first Workshop as part of its international law capacity-building mandate. Prominent speakers of the second Workshop included Prof Beckman, Prof Martin Pratt, Mr Bundy, Ms Davenport, Director of Research, Australian Centre for Ocean Resource and Security (ANCORS) Prof Clive Schofield, and Law of the Sea Consultant from the UK Hydrographic Office Mr John Brown.

Both Workshops helped participants, including Government officials from ASEAN Member States, to develop the skills needed to achieve equitable division of maritime space and clearly defined maritime boundaries.