What are the different types of boundary disputes?

Boundary disputes are disagreements between neighbors over their rights and duties concerning nearby or real property owners. In practical terms, boundaries are often not clear, and can in most cases, change over time. This is why we sometimes say boundaries move. Boundary dispute in Ireland is common; this happens especially in situations where two people think they are right. Certain common reasons for boundary disputes are trees or hedges growing into someone else’s property, refusing land assess, changes to party walls among others. Here are different types of boundary disputes.

Positional disputes

Positional border disputes occur when two states are both opposed to the translation of the document that defines a particular boundary we sometimes refer to as definitional disputes because the two parties hold differing interpretations of the written definition of the boundary. In most cases, the written treaties, might include language that each state interprets differently, particularly, if it is ambiguous or has poor wording. Positional disputes arise when the evolution of the boundary is incomplete because, at the time that the boundary was drawn, time and accuracy were not essential. But as time and things change, the population increases, further resources are unearthed, the boundary becomes more significant. Then conflicts over the boundary begin.

Territorial disputes

Territorial border disputes are basically, conflicts between countries over the possession of a particular region. It is the disagreement over possessions or the control of land between two or more territorial entities.  Disputes in this sense often related to natural resources such as rivers, fertile farmland, mineral, or oil resources.  As the global population continues to grow and competition for natural resources increases, so too does the potential for boundary disputes in Ireland. When one government request another to give up certain territory, it may arise in a territorial dispute.

Cultural disputes

Cultural disputes happen when different ways of doing things clash in terms of language, religion, politics, and ethnicity. This dispute occurs when there is discord regarding the national policies that are pertained along a common border. It can be over land use, location policies, immigration policies, and customs regulations. Cultural disputes tend to occur when people do not accept the views or values of other people’s cultures.

Resource disputes

Resources border disputes occur when there is a disagreement or misunderstanding about resources. In resource disputes, states disagree about the rights to or proportionate distribution or allocation of natural resources in the border region. These disputes are almost always the oil, mineral, water resources, or natural gas that does not coincide with human-created political borders. These are closely related to territorial conflict; involve dissent over a particular resource.

Operational or functional disputes

Functional disputes arise when two states disagree about the official management of the border, the people and the goods that cross the borders, for both good and malicious reasons. This is done to protect the security and economic interest of the state. The government must actively manage its borders. Boundary disputes in Ireland may be related to the erection and maintenance or border markers, fences, or walls.

Paul Petersen

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