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By Gbenga Oduntan

Africa has skilled a couple of territorial disputes over land and maritime obstacles, due partly to its colonial and post-colonial historical past. This booklet explores the criminal, political, and ancient nature of disputes over territory within the African continent, and evaluations the content material and alertness of latest foreign legislations to the solution of African territorial and border disputes.

Drawing on critical suggestions of public foreign legislation corresponding to sovereignty and jurisdiction, and socio-political options reminiscent of colonialism, ethnicity, nationality and self-determination, this booklet interrogates the intimate connection that peoples and countries need to territory and the critical disputes those could lead on to. Gbenga Oduntan identifies the foremost ideas of legislations at play relating to territorial, and boundary disputes, and argues that the important use of overseas dependent adjudicatory mechanisms in trying to take care of African boundary disputes alienates these associations and mechanisms from African humans and will give a contribution to the recurrence of conflicts and disputes in and between African territories. He means that the knowledge and alertness of multidisciplinary dispute answer mechanisms and techniques can enable for a extra holistic and powerful remedy of boundary disputes.

As a close learn into the felony, socio-political and anthropological mechanisms fascinated with the certainty of territorial barriers, and a different synthesis of an African jurisprudence of overseas barriers legislations, this publication should be of significant use and curiosity to scholars, researchers, and practitioners in African and Public overseas legislations, diplomacy, and decision-makers wanting higher realizing the cost of disputes over territorial obstacles in either Africa and the broader world.

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In other words the international law that was allowed to operate and flourish was the sort which gave sanctimony to acts of plunder and subjugation. In essence a new international law was effectively created to permit the grand schemes of colonialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. International law in this way became the handmaiden of oppression. More unfortunately the international law created in this period among European states is largely regarded as the real beginnings of contemporary international law as we know it today.

435. See also Benedict Kingsbury, ‘Sovereignty and Inequality’, Vol. 9, European Journal of International Law, No. 4 (1998), p. 611. 28 Sovereignty, jurisdiction, territorial integrity & acquisition Even in Africa where governments still very much guard state sovereignty, globalisation seems to imply that territoriality is losing out as an organising principle of the modern world. On the other hand some writers think that globalisation inadvertently facilitates, if not actually encourages, separatism.

It is quite easy to predict that many more disputes will become apparent by the middle of this century. It is to the credit of African diplomacy that a lot of problems are being settled quietly through bilateral diplomacy and negotiations. 2 Sovereignty, jurisdiction, territorial integrity and territorial acquisition in international law The concepts of sovereignty, jurisdiction and territory have incredibly important relevance in time and space. In this chapter we will seek to establish the centrality of these concepts to international law as well as the social, natural and environmental sciences.

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