• Overall context

As the African continent is full of natural resources, international law must play a crucial role for ensuring sustainable management of these resources, for the benefit of African citizens. Efforts to internationally regulate the use of natural resources have been through the adoption of specialized treaties, spanning from environmental treaties (climate etc.) to more specific instruments, for example on fisheries, agriculture, land etc.

  • Work Plan

The Legal Instruments for Natural Resources Management Project will focus on providing an African perspective to existing general and specialized treaties; analyzing states’ practices (signature, ratification, implementation etc.) in relation to such instruments and ensuring that they are fully aware of their rights and obligations. We currently work on the following topics:

  • International law and sustainable fisheries management (including illicit fishing);
  • International regulation of oil & gas development, including the development of environmental standards in oil & gas.
  • International law dimensions of climate change;
  • International law and renewable energies.