Symposium on Kenya-Somalia Maritime Border Dispute
This symposium is part of a series of deliberations on Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute by the HORN Institute to understand the political, legal, economic, diplomatic, and security dimensions of the dispute. This event will be held on May 14, 2019, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the HORN Institute, 50 Riverside Drive, Nairobi (Kenya).
This case concerns the delimitation of the maritime boundary between the two countries in the Indian Ocean. On August 28, 2014, Somalia filed in the Registry of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an application instituting proceedings (now Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya)) against Kenya with respect to the disputed area. Although the dispute is primarily territorial, the potential presence of high-value (multi-billion dollar) hydrocarbons transforms it into a functional dispute. These two features make their maritime dispute a critical national interest issue with potential adverse effects on the security and economic wellbeing of Kenya and Somalia.
The core objective of this symposium is to provide a unique opportunity to discuss the political, legal, economic, diplomatic, and security dimensions of the dispute that pits two countries with a complex and long history.
Confirmed speakers include local and international experts in maritime law, political scientists, lawyers, scholars, diplomats, and representatives of think tanks at the regional and international levels.
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