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Covington advises sovereign governments as well as private entities on matters relating to international land and maritime boundaries. Our international boundary practice dates back to the early 1960s when we represented Cambodia in the precedent-setting Temple of Preah Vihear case before the International Court of Justice.
More broadly, the firm has represented private parties and sovereigns in a variety of trade disputes arising under the WTO and NAFTA agreements, as well as investment disputes arising under NAFTA, bilateral investment treaties, and customary international law.
Represented the State of Eritrea in the successful resolution of its boundary dispute with Ethiopia. We advised Eritrea during the negotiations that produced the December 2000 agreement ending the two-year Eritrea-Ethiopia border war. Covington then represented Eritrea before the commission established to delimit and demarcate the boundary between the two countries. This representation included preparation of arbitral memorials as well as participation in oral hearings before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission in The Hague. The Commission delivered its delimitation decision on April 13, 2002. We continue to represent Eritrea in connection with the demarcation process.
Advised the Government of Vietnam regarding its dispute with China over maritime boundaries in the South China Sea.
Regularly represent commercial companies in boundary disputes and frequently advise multinational oil companies on both land and maritime boundary questions that arise when sovereign states offer concession or production-sharing contracts to foreign oil companies.