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Title:Maritime security and international law in Africa
Author:Gibson, John
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:international law of the sea
regional security
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2009.9627542
Abstract:Ships and those who sail in them face many potential dangers, both from the natural perils of the sea and from the results of human conduct, which demand a precautionary response from seafaring nations. The promotion of maritime security in Africa depends on an international legal framework that provides both opportunities and constraints. Traditional principles of the law of the sea are not always appropriate to current needs, but they have been supplemented by more specific measures dealing with maritime search and rescue, weapons proliferation, piracy and terrorism against ships. Although good laws are a necessary precondition for the achievement of maritime security, they will only be effective if there is also the political will and the practical capacity among states to implement them. While much remains to be done, recent developments in Africa provide some positive grounds for encouragement. Notes, ref., sum. (p. VII). [Journal abstract]