What is “International law,” the thing that every idiot quotes and knows nothing about?

I sometimes wish that I lived in this world a thousand years from now when humans would be mature enough to have an international law specifying national boundaries and not mumble their stupidity as if there is such a law.  What there is, in some cases, is a properly executed boundary agreement between 2 cooperating countries (a country is a territory with a marked border, people who share a culture, ruled by a government, have a working economy, police, army and a peaceful relationship with other countries).

A fence makes for good neighbors. Canada and the US don’t fight anymore. They have a peace arch, like a fence that prevents jurisdictional disputes that can lead to war of words or litigation. Most countries do not have a legally internationally recognized borders, only politically. There is no international law about borders. If 2 countries are highly educated (about 10% of the countries in this world) their parliaments will pass a “boundary law” that sets up a permanent Boundary commission (PBC). The 2 intelligent countries will then appoint an official international boundary commission ( IBC) composed of 50% of the members from each of their  PBC’s. The sole purpose of the combined commission appointed by the 2 legislatures would be to measure a line a few meters wide and mark it on the national map as the no man’s land (NML) between them. A properly protected border prevents illegal crossing, jurisdictional disputes, hostilities that may erupt over law enforcement, building permits. natural resources, economic issues, monetary policies, and many unforseen issues that may lead to a terrible life for the citizens of both countries.

Self recognized borders is so important that each government regardless of its political system must appoint or elect a permanent boundary commission (PBC). Most countries don’t have such as simple thing. The job of the PBC members is to collect all the historical knowledge  (data) related to the international boundaries of the country.  This knowledge may include maps, geometric measurements, photographs, boundary points markers, lines, natural lines, monuments and other things. A PBC that does it job well (few do) provides the parliament with an  opportunity to write a good constitution and define the country as a recognized “Sovereign State.”  Sovereign states have the international right to control their international borders and set up border entry and exit legal check points. All these are done by state initiatives. There is no international law that can legally compel a country to define its boundary differently. A smart state will define its boundaries only if it has enough people, government and army. Thus, only a state can define its territory and create legal documents, border geometry, physical markers and map visibility. But for international acceptance in cases when a large minority live within its boundary, the IBC may require the state to compile extra historical documents (all) to justify the state’s name and boundary. By agreement, all the documents compiled by the PBC and IBC must be organized treaties and protocols available in the language of the country, with optional one or 2 more languages of the minorities. The documents can be made available though official websites. The information must be comprehensive, with written  treaties, written declarations by others, geographic documents, historical papers and so on.

Hey, if you got all these ingredients, go, create a country and don’t worry about others. Make it delicious!




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