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Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez

Bilateral customary international law

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The 2012 Agreement On The Exploitation Of Transboundary Hydrocarbon Resources In The Gulf Of Mexico Confirmation Of The Rule Or Emergence Of A New Practice?, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Richard J. Mclaughlin Jan 2018

The 2012 Agreement On The Exploitation Of Transboundary Hydrocarbon Resources In The Gulf Of Mexico Confirmation Of The Rule Or Emergence Of A New Practice?, Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez, Richard J. Mclaughlin

Guillermo J. Garcia Sanchez

This Article explores the international law applicable to the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources that straddle the boundaries between States (transboundary fields) and its applicability to the U.S. and Mexico maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico. After a detailed examination of the different sources of international law including treaties, customary norms, judicial decisions, and bilateral practice, the Article concludes that the United States and Mexico have deviated in some regards from the standard international legal practices that other States have adopted to exploit transboundary hydrocarbon resources. The two most notable deviations are in allowing either nation to unilaterally exploit the …