- Our Boundaries
As a newly independent State, it is a priority for Timor-Leste to complete its sovereignty and establish its borders
both on land and in the sea.
This book tells the story of how Timor-Leste, against the odds, finally resolved its long standing dispute with Australia over maritime boundaries through the first-ever compulsory conciliation under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
This paper tells the story of Timor-Leste’s struggle for
sovereignty over its seas – from the past to the present, and
what it means for the future. To provide clarity and context
on this complex issue, the paper summarises the relevant
principles of the law of the sea and sets out Timor-Leste’s
position on where its permanent maritime boundaries
should lie in accordance with international law.
This website is hosted by the Maritime Boundary Office of the Council for the Final Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries to allow readers to learn more about Timor-Leste’s pursuit of permanent maritime boundaries. The Council for the Final Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries and the Maritime Boundary Office do not accept any legal liability for any reliance placed on any information contained in this website (including external links). The information provided is a summary only and should not be relied upon as legal advice. The information and views expressed in this website and in any linked information do not constitute diplomatic representations and do not limit or otherwise affect the rights of the Council for the Final Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries, the Maritime Boundary Office or the Government of Timor-Leste. The views expressed in any linked information do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council for the Final Delimitation of Maritime Boundaries, the Maritime Boundary Office or the Government of Timor-Leste.
GFM is the acronym for “Gabinete das Fronteiras Marítimas”, which is the Portuguese translation of Maritime Boundary Office.