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List of Rules International Court of Justice Used to Rule Over Kenya-Somalia Border

The International Court of Justice rules most of the disputed maritime territory in favour Somalia. This is the illustration depicting the boundary as decided by the Court.

Judge Joan E. Donoghue has ruled, noted that the court regretted Kenya's decision not to proceed in the case. In the ruling delivered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judges ruled that there is no agreed maritime boundary agreement between Kenya and Somalia. 

1. Split the disputed maritime triangle between Kenya and Somalia.

2. Rejected Kenya's argument of a pre-existing agreement with Somalia on a parallel boundary.

3. Rejected Somalia's claims that Kenya violated international laws.

The court was thus tasked with identifying the maritime boundary. 

Kenya did not consistently maintain its claim that the maritime border with Somalia is defined by the line of latitude between the two side.

Kenya's proposal to shift delimitation to a strictly eastern direction did not constitute an "equitable solution.

The court further rejected Kenya's claim that its fisheries and other economic/patrol activities would be unreasonably impacted by an "equidistance line.

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ICJ International Court of Justice Joan E. Donoghue Kenya-Somalia Somalia


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