Loss of Territory & Submerging Islands: An International Law Apprehension

The Mururoa Atoll. Photo Credit: NASA I. Introduction It is for the people to determine the destiny of the territory and not the territory the destiny of the people.(Western Sahara Case)This statement succinctly captures the question of territorial vulnerability because, owing to human interference, the islands were destined to be submerged underwater. International law does not envision a situation where states disappear altogether; it has rules on state succession where one entity will replace another or a new entity emerges, through cession, unification or dissolution. The fundamental question is whether a territory after submerging becomes a terra nulliusand consequentially making it v

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