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Published online: May 30, 2022

How to Resolve the Joint Development Zone Issues in the East China Sea? With Special References to the 1974 Agreement between Korea and Japan

Hyun Soo Kim & Jiajia Wang
Inha University School of Law
Inha University Law School, 100 Inharo, Michuhol-gu, Incheon 22212 Korea.

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The UNCLOS prescribes basic principles on maritime boundary delimitations, but interpretation and application of the relevant provisions differ, and the views expressed on them still leave ample room to be unilaterally interpreted and applied. So, it is undeniable that conflicts over ocean waters among the concerned countries are serious and difficult to overcome. To solve these problems, the UNCLOS calls for the countries concerned to make every effort to enter into provisional arrangements of a practical nature. Korea and Japan have maritime boundary problems in the waters surrounding the Korean peninsula, and so, in order to solve those problems, both nations established a joint development zone (JDZ) in the East China Sea in 1974. The zone can be terminated in 2028. Therefore, this study examines and analyzes the impact of the JDZ agreement between Korea and Japan over the East China Sea as to the delimitations of the continental shelf/EEZ.

Keywords : Maritime Boundaries, UNCLOS, Joint Development Arrangements, 1974 Korea-Japan Agreement for JDZ, East China Sea

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