The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea lays down rules for the entitlement of islands to maritime zones1. An island is a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is above water at high tide2. An island's territorial sea3, contiguous zone4, exclusive economic zone5 and continental shelf6 are determined in the same way as those of other land territory7. Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own are entitled to their own territorial sea
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