International Law and Boundary Disputes in Africa
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
Lord Curzon’s view that frontiers are the razor’s edge on which hang suspended the modern issues of war or peace, of life or death to nations holds true in the 21st century. Sovereignty and jurisdiction, as well as effective territorial control, are problematic concepts the world over and Africa has experienced a number of territorial disputes over land and maritime boundaries both in the past and the present, due in part to its colonial and post-colonial history.
This book explores the legal, political, historical, cultural and endemic nature of disputes over territory in the African continent within the discourses of public international law and international relations. It examines the manifestations of territorial, boundary and demarcation disputes across Africa based on a chapter by chapter analysis of the various sub regions on the continent. The book analyses legal theories and state practice to develop procedures and mechanisms that will successfully detect, prevent, manage and resolve boundary problems in Africa in a manner which promotes regional integration. It synthesises the available treaty obligations, regional rules and arrangements, field data and state practice in order to set out legal and diplomatic strategies which will uniquely serve African states’ decision makers, lawyers, mediators, arbitrators, political scientists and academics as a useful resource in understanding the settlement of disputes over territorial boundaries in Africa.
1. Sovereignty Jurisdiction and Control over National Territory 2. Manifestation of Boundary Disputes in East Africa 3. Manifestation of Boundary Disputes in West Africa 4. Manifestation of Boundary Disputes in North Africa 5. Manifestation of Boundary Disputes in Southern Africa 6. Manifestations of Boundary Disputes in Central Africa 7. The African Union and the Settlement of African Boundary Disputes 8. Jurisprudence of the ICJ in Relation to African Boundary disputes 9. Reevaluation of the Uti Possidetis Principle in light of the African Experience 10. Multi-tracking and Indigenizing Settlement of Boundary Disputes in Africa 11. Alternative Futures: Innovative Methods to avoid Zero sum Positions
Gbenga Oduntan is Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law at the University of Kent, UK.