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Title:The delimitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone in the practice of African States
Author:Ladan, Abdul MuyassirISNI
Periodical:South African Yearbook of International Law
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:territorial waters
international agreements
Abstract:The concept and practice of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) are now well entrenched among African States as well as in customary international law. In spite of its relatively extensive practice, however, the question of the delimitation of the EEZ has been relegated to the background. The limit of the technological and scientific capabilities of African States to explore, exploit and assert direct physical control over the resources within the EEZs they have claimed may account for the apathy of these States in this matter. This article examines the practice of African States in relation to the delimitation of the EEZs they have claimed. The examination is conducted in the context of the 1982 UN Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC), whose objective is the attainment of an equitable solution for all delimitation disputes. Part 1 of the article discusses the demands of the LOSC for the delimitation of the EEZ. Part 2 postulates that the manner in which the LOSC has packaged the relationship between the continental shelf and the EEZ has resulted in the emergence of two sets of delimitation practices. The EEZ delimitation practices of African States and how these practices accord with the LOSC are examined in part 3. In part 4 some concluding statements are made. Notes, ref.