Minquiers and Ecréhous

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Location map showing Les Écréhous and Les Minquiers

The Minquiers and Ecréhous are two groups of islands and rocks forming part of the Bailiwick of Jersey, Channel Islands. They are respectively the most southerly and northerly land territories of the Bailiwick. The islands have no permanent inhabitants.

  • The Minquiers (Les Minquiers) are situated 9 miles south of Jersey, and are administratively part of the Parish of Grouville.
  • The Écréhous (Les Écréhous) are situated 6 miles north-east of Jersey (8 miles from France), and are administratively part of the Parish of St. Martin.

History[edit]

In 1950, Britain and France went to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for friendly discussions to decide to which country the Minquiers and Ecréhous belonged. The French fished in the waters, but Jersey exercised various administrative rights. Certain maps showed the Ecréhous islands as not being part of Jersey.[citation needed] The ICJ considered the historical evidence, and in its Judgment of 17 November 1953 awarded the islands to Jersey.

References[edit]

[1] Law School Article by William Heflin that discuss legal case in part