Accretion (law)

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The accretion (from lat. Accretio "increase") refers to an original mode of acquisition of territory by formation of new land. This type of acquisition is in accordance with international law and does not require any further legitimation. A state can thus enlarge its national territory through accretion. Accretion can be done in several ways:

  • Alluvium
  • Drop in sea ​​level
  • natural formation of islands in coastal waters
  • Construction of facilities (e.g. dykes, moles) on the seashore and in coastal waters