Maritime Border Challenges and Implications on Security: An Experts Symposium
Africa is characterized by several maritime boundary disputes. These ‘undelimited’ boundaries have raised the spectre of conflict in the continent, and stifled the implementation of meaningful maritime policies that could significantly improve the economies of affected countries.
At the heart of these disputes are natural resources, mostly vast deposits of oil and gas. As of 2018, there were about 100 maritime boundaries, and only 32 had been resolved, leaving 68 unresolved or contested. The most recent dispute involving Kenya and Somalia is before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for arbitration.
On July 25-26, 2019, the HORN Institute will hold a symposium, Maritime Border Challenges and Implications on Security: An Experts Symposium. This Symposium is part of a series of fora by the HORN Institute on Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute, and it is designed to bring together local and international maritime experts, lawyers and scholars to closely examine the dispute, interrogate alternative resolutions, and seek a practical way forward.