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The distance from a point to a line or plane measured along the line perpendicular to the line or plane which passes through the given point. It will be the shortest distance between the ...

Potestas terrae finitur, ubi finitur armorum vis

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Guide to Latin in International Law

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Law, International Law
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... pōtes´tus te´rā fi´nitɜr, ū´bē fi´nitɜr armō´rum vis . “Power over the land ends wherever the force of arms ends.” An expression of the “cannonshot rule,” which was used to establish each state’s maritime territorial boundaries by the maximum distance of a cannon shot from shore aimed seaward in a direction perpendicular to the shore. The cannonshot rule was superseded by developments in customary maritime law and, ultimately, the rule codified in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which established territorial sea boundaries generally at twelve nautical...