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Arbitral Award Between Guyana and Suriname (Guyana v. Suriname)

Arbitral Panel Convened under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
Sept. 17, 2007, 47 I.L.M. 166 (2008)


Facts

Guyana gave an oil-drilling company permission to dig for oil in an underwater area, control of which was a longstanding matter of dispute between Guyana and Suriname. After the drilling began, a Surinamese boat drove by, ordered the company’s oil rig to leave the area, and said to the drillers: “or the consequences will be yours.” Guyana and Suriname requested that an arbitral panel determine their proper maritime boundaries under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Guyana also requested that the panel find that Suriname’s threat constituted an illegal threat of force under the United Nations Charter.

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