n South African Law Journal - The marine component of the South African territory : notes
|Article Title||The marine component of the South African territory : notes|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||South African Law Journal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||207 - 223|
|Keyword(s)||Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University|
A state's territory is 'that defined portion of the globe which is subjected to the sovereignty of' that state (Robert Jennings & Arthur Watts (eds) Oppenheim's International Law 9 ed (1992) vol I at 563 (hereafter Oppenheim's International Law)). In that space, the state has the power 'to exercise supreme authority over all persons and things', subject to the restrictions placed by international law (Oppenheim's International Law 382 and 564). The use of the term 'territory' does not create any difficulty as long as the portion of the globe subjected to a state's sovereignty consists exclusively of land. This is because the primary meaning of the term 'territory' is 'land under the control of a ruler, State, or city etc' (Oxford Paperback Dictionary (1988) 845. The etymology of the word is 'unsettled', but it is 'usually taken as a deriv[ative] of terra earth, land' (Oxford English Dictionary (1933) vol XI at 215)).
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