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Africa Boundary Conference

28 August 2017

This high-level event will examine contemporary boundary issues with significant impact on Africa’s peace and security. During the morning session, a focus will be made on the international land boundary regimes of the continent, while the afternoon session will be dedicated to international law of the sea and an overview of the various maritime disputes that are impacting regional players.

Attended by representatives of regional organisations, African embassies in London, development agencies, international organisations, academics and international law practitioners; this Conference will start with a keynote address by renowned subject-matter expert Professor Malcolm Shaw QC. Our speakers list will also include prominent practitioners from the relevant academic and international law practice, including renowned scholars and counsel who have appeared before the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and various other bodies of international arbitration & adjudication.

Issues discussed during this Conference will include, but are not limited to: the historical boundary regimes of the continent, the applicability of general principles of public international law (i.e. Uti Possidetis) to the contemporary political map of the continent, the territorial gains and losses of non-state actors as examined from an international law perspective, the delimitation of the maritime boundaries of coastal States in Africa, the rights of African landlocked countries under International Law of the Sea, State Secession and natural resources, and precedence in international adjudication & arbitration relevant to the international land and maritime boundaries of the continent.