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Paradox of the Moving Boundary: Legal Heredity of River Accretion and Avulsion

  title={Paradox of the Moving Boundary: Legal Heredity of River Accretion and Avulsion},
  author={John W. Donaldson},
International boundaries – the divisions between state jurisdictions – are characterised in law by their inherent rigidity. Yet recent research has revealed that well over one-third of the total length of international boundaries follow rivers or streams that are inherently dynamic natural features. The tension between legal staticity and fluid dynamism manifests along international river boundaries both in terms of the problematic definition of the line itself and the disparity in water… 

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