Maritime Disputes and Disputed Seabed Resources in the African Continent

Routledge Handbook of Energy Law (Forthcoming)

29 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2019 Last revised: 7 Mar 2019

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Anna Khalfaoui

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Constantinos Yiallourides

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

Date Written: February 7, 2019

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of some of the most significant maritime boundary disputes in Africa, both past and ongoing, and the interplay between these disputes and the exploration and exploitation of seabed resources. It discusses how the exploration and exploitation of disputed seabed resources have fueled maritime disputes and how African States have attempted to resolve their differences. Particular focus is paid to cases where the disputing parties were able to sidestep their disagreements over maritime entitlements and boundary delimitation by agreeing to a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) providing for joint exploration and development of seabed resources in the areas of overlap.

Keywords: Maritime Boundary Delimitation, UNCLOS, Joint Development, Oil&Gas, Africa

Suggested Citation

Khalfaoui, Anna and Yiallourides, Constantinos, Maritime Disputes and Disputed Seabed Resources in the African Continent (February 7, 2019). Routledge Handbook of Energy Law (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3330555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3330555

Anna Khalfaoui

American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

15th Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
United States

Constantinos Yiallourides (Contact Author)

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) ( email )

Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square
London, WC1B 5JP
United Kingdom

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