Seminar 13: Border Dispute Resolutions


Border disputes are a common source of political instability and military conflict around the globe. Today, border disputes can take three distinct forms: (1) territorial disputes, which may be local and/or global, and which concern the internal and external territory of states. (2) Positional disputes, which concern the place of demarcation of the border line and the demarcation processes. And, (3) functional disputes, which concern the policies of setting up the border. This seminar will explore different types of border disputes.


  • M. Keating, 2001, Plurinational Democracy: Stateless Nations in a Post-Sovereignty Era, Oxford, Oxford University Press
  • B. Sumner, 2004, “Territorial Disputes at the International Court of Justice,” Duke Law Journal, 53, p. 1779-1812.
  • E. Brunet-Jailly, Border Disputes: A Global Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015
  • M. Reid Sarkees, 2008. The COW Typology of War: Defining and Categorising Wars

Researcher: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly is a Full Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he holds a Jean Monnet Chair in Innovative Governance and serves as Director of the Jean Monnet European Union Center of Excellence. Dr. Brunet-Jailly also directs two large research programs: the Jean Monnet Network Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policies and Borders in Globalization, a SSHRC Partnership grant. He is the author of nearly 90 articles and chapters, and eight books and special issues of scholarly journals in urban and border studies. His most recent book is a three-volume Encyclopaedia of Border Disputes, ABC Clio-Praeger (2014). He is the President Elect of the Association of Borderlands Studies.

This seminar will be held on May 14th, 2019, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.

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