15 Gonz. J. Int'l L. 2 (2011)

handle is hein.journals/gjil15 and id is 1 raw text is: STATUS AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THE
LIANCOURT ROCKS: THE DISPUTE BETWEEN
JAPAN AND KOREA
Phil Haas *
1. INTRODUCTION          ..................................................... 2
II. UNCLOS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN EEZ ........             ............ 4
111. SOVEREIGNTY/OWNERSHIP OF THE LIANCOURT ROCKS ..              .......... 10
A. Territorial Acquisition under International Law ....................... 10
1. Case Law          ................................  ..... 11
a. Island of Palmas    ...................      ............... 11
b. Clipperton Island     ............................... 13
c. Minquiers.      .........................     ......... 15
d. El Salvador                       ................................. 16
e. Eritrea-Yemen                      ............................... 17
2. Treaty of Peace with Japan (San Francisco Peace
Treaty) and SCAPIN-677     ............................... 18
B. Competing Claims of Sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks...... 19
1. Japan's Claim      ..................................... 19
2. Korea's Claim                        .......................... 21
C. Sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks   ..............   ..... 25
IV. CONCLUSION                              ............................................... 26
1. INTRODUCTION
In the middle of the Sea of Japan, 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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