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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.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 09:10 Welcoming Remarks (LCILP)

09:10 – 09:30 Keynote Speech (Professor Malcolm Shaw QC)

09:30 – 11:00 Session One: Contemporary Issues of Boundary Regimes in the African Continent

09:30 – 09:40 Session Chair Introduction

09:40 – 10:00 Speaker I: General Principles of International Law and the African Continent: Uti Possidetis, Jus Nullius, Acquisitory Treaties and Post-Colonial Ramifications

10:00 – 10:20 Speaker II: International Adjudications and the Role of Regional Organisations

10:20 – 10:40 Speaker III: A Historical Examination of the Continent’s Contemporary Boundary Regimes

10:40 – 11:00 Speaker IV: Contemporary Notions of State Creation/Fragmentation in Africa: International Law and the Territorial Gains and Losses of Non-State Armed Groups

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Case Studies from Africa (A Panel Discussion)

This panel discussion will start with a presentation by LCILP Director Nagi Idris on State-Secession and Energy Contracts in Africa: The Case of South Sudan

The stage will then be opened for a panel discussion between Nagi Idris and the previous four speakers (the panel will be moderated by Nagi Idris), during which additional case studies from Africa will be brought up i.e. The Democratic Republic of Congo. This session will end with a 15-30 minutes Q&A.

13:00 – 14:00 Launch

14:00 – 15:30 Maritime Delimitations and Disputes in Africa

14:00 – 14:10 Session Chair Introduction

14:10 – 14:30 Speaker I: International Law of the Sea and the African Continent, a Legal Framework

14:30 – 14:50 Speaker II: The Rights of Africa’s Landlocked Countries Under International Law of the Sea

14:50 – 15:10 Speaker III: Offshore Oil and Gas Explorations and the Management of Transboundary Resources

15:10 – 15:30 Speaker IV: International Adjudication and the Delimitation of the Maritime Boundaries of the Continent: An Overview of International Legal Casework from Africa

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:00 Case Studies from Africa (A Panel Discussion)

This panel discussion will be chaired by LCILP’s Nagi Idris and during it the previous four speakers will be invited to present a case study for 10 minutes. This session will end with a 15-30 minutes Q&A.

17:00 Closing

17:00 – 18:00 Reception

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