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September 2009

Maritime Security and International Law in Africa

This article reviews the international legal principles affecting maritime security in Africa, and highlights some of their strengths and weaknesses. The promotion of maritime security, takes place within a context of international law that provides both opportunities and constraints, and is based on both custom and treaty. The main principles of customary law have now been codified in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

© 2009 Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

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John Gibson

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