Eversheds has successfully represented the government of Peru in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in relation to a maritime boundary dispute against Chile.
The ICJ ruled in favour of Peru in a case relating to boundary lines and subsequent sovereignty rights that had not been previously delimited.
The government of Peru requested that the ICJ delimits the boundary out to a distance of 200 nautical miles from each country’s coast on the basis of equidistance and to declare that Peru has sovereign rights over a large maritime area that falls beyond 200 miles from Chile but within 200 miles of Peru.
Chile, on the other hand, argued that a maritime boundary already existed since the early 1950s and that this boundary extended indefinitely seaward along a parallel of latitude from the last marker on the countries’ land boundary.
The judgment from the ICJ stated that both parties had tacitly agreed a boundary lying along the parallel of latitude in the early 1950s, but that this boundary did not extend beyond a distance of 80 miles from the land boundary. Seaward of that point, the ICJ determined the boundary on the basis of equidistance, with the result that the boundary line dips substantially to the south of the parallel.
The court also upheld Peru’s sovereign rights over areas situated within 200 miles of its coast but beyond 200 miles from Chile.
Director Rodman Bundy and associate Charis Tan of Eversheds’ Singapore office represented the government of Peru.