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15 Gonz. J. Int'l L. 1 (2011-2012)

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       STATUS AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THE
 LIANCOURT ROCKS: THE DISPUTE BETWEEN
                   JAPAN AND KOREA


                            Phil Haas *


I. IN T R O D U C T IO N   ............................................................................................ 1
II. UNCLOS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EEZ .................................. 3
III. SOVEREIGNTY/OWNERSHIP OF THE LIANCOURT ROCKS ...................... 9
      A. Territorial Acquisition under International Law ........................ 9
           1. C ase  L aw   ......................................................................... . .  10
              a. Island  of  Palm as  .........................................................  10
              b. C lipperton  Island  ..........................................................  12
              c. M in quiers ................................................................... . .  14
              d. E l  Salvador  ..................................................................  15
              e. Eritrea-Y em en  ..............................................................  16
          2. Treaty of Peace with Japan (San Francisco Peace
              Treaty) and  SCAPIN   -677 ............................................... 17
      B. Competing Claims of Sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks ...... 18
           1. Japan 's  C laim   ....................................................................  18
           2. K orea's  C laim   ..................................................................   20
      C. Sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks .................................... 24
IV . C ON CLU SION   .....................................................................................  25


                          I. INTRODUCTION

    In the middle of the Sea of Japan,1 there are two tiny rocky islands
surrounded by valuable fishing waters that have been a source of an ongoing



• J.D., Barry University School of Law.
   1.  South Korea Protest over Japan Claim, BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-
/2/hi/asia-pacific/4352923.stm (last updated March 16, 2005) (noting that there is an ongoing
dispute over the name of the body of water - Japan calls it the Sea of Japan and South Korea
insists on the East Sea).

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