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... in the case of the Caspian, the 200 mile clause does not hold; and hence, article 15 of UNCLOS is brought in -so as to divide the basin using median lines (UNCLOS Part II: Territorial and Contiguous Zone). Although the geological community in general regards the Caspian as a lake, most legal experts consider it a sea, citing historical references to the same (Figure 2). Nevertheless, among the littorals, only Russia has ratified the UNCLOS -which obviously rules it out as an effective mechanism in this particular case (Kuniholm, 2000). ...