Joint Interdisciplinary Conference on Emerging Issues in Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Ocean Governance in Africa: Bridging Law, Policy, Science and Practice

The organizers of the Joint Interdisciplinary Conference invite submissions of abstracts for academic presentations. The conference will take place at the University of Ghana School of Law from 3rd to 5th September 2024, bringing together scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to explore the intricate relationship between maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance in Africa.

Theme: Emerging Issues in Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Ocean Governance in Africa: Bridging Law, Policy, Science and Practice

Concept Note: Maritime Boundary Delimitation and ocean governance in Africa are deeply intertwined, with clear maritime boundaries essential for sustainable resource management and effective enforcement of regulations. Conversely, robust ocean governance mechanisms are necessary to ensure maritime boundaries are respected, resources are sustainably utilized, and coastal communities are empowered. This conference seeks to delve into the historical context, legal frameworks, emerging issues, challenges, insights, and new developments in maritime boundary delimitation, connecting them to ocean governance in Africa.

The conference will provide a platform for academics, policymakers, and practitioners to offer insights into the evolving legal landscape, identify key challenges, and highlight opportunities for collaborative action. By fostering a deeper understanding of these issues, stakeholders can work towards realizing the vision of inclusive, equitable, and sustainable ocean governance across the African continent.


Conference Objectives:

  1. Foster Collaboration: Facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to address maritime boundary delimitation issues effectively.
  2. Enhance Capacity Building: Provide opportunities for capacity building initiatives in maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance.
  3. Facilitate Knowledge Exchange: Promote dialogue, knowledge exchange, and sharing of experiences among participants.
  4. Promote Dialogue and Understanding: Create a forum for open and constructive dialogue on key issues related to maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance.
  5. Drive Policy and Legal Innovation: Engage policymakers and legal experts to drive policy and legal innovation in maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance.


We invite scholars, researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the conference. Abstracts should address topics related to maritime boundary delimitation, ocean governance, sustainable resource management, and international cooperation in the maritime domain. We welcome abstracts on the following themes, but not limited to:

  1. Historical Perspectives on Maritime Boundary Delimitation in Africa
  2. Legal Frameworks and International Law Principles in Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  3. Case studies of Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  4. Community Engagement and Indigenous Knowledge in Maritime Governance
  5. Tenets/Principles for Maritime Boundary Delimitation Policy
  6. Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies in Law and Science in the Coastal Areas
  7. Blue Economy Development and Opportunities for Economic Growth
  8. Regional and International Cooperation Mechanisms
  9. Technological Innovations for Maritime Surveillance and Enforcement
  10. Marine Biodiversity Conservation within and beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction
  11. The Interplay between Science and Law in Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  12. Perspectives on dealing with overlap between delimitation and delineation in the Continental Shelf.
  13. Perspectives on Provisional Measures in Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  14. Addressing IUU fishing in West Africa
  15. Adaptive Technologies for Monitoring Control Surveillance and Enforcement of Fisheries
  16. Enhancing Fisheries Governance in West Africa
  17. Innovative ways to address pollution impacts on Fisheries Resources
  18. Impact of climate change on Maritime Boundary Delimitation.
  19. The Impact of Morpho-dynamism, sea level rise and acidification on Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Delineation Techniques.
  20. Best Practices: Emerging Technologies in Maritime Boundary Delimitation Policy.
  21. Recent Developments in Maritime Boundary Delimitation: Lessons from Ghana-Cote D’Ivoire; Somalia-Kenya
  22. Post Judgement /Award Procedures in Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  23. Maritime Boundary Delimitation and Maritime Seas Architecture in Africa
  24. Interplay of Ocean Governance and Maritime Boundary Delimitation
  25. Maritime Security.
  26. Exploring Options for Sustainable Ocean Financing
  27. Sustainable Ocean Planning Boundary Delimitation
  28. Ocean Governance in Africa, Lessons from Norway.


We encourage submissions that offer innovative insights, empirical research findings, case studies, policy analyses, and practical solutions to address the complex challenges facing maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance in Africa. Abstracts should be clear, concise, and structured to provide a comprehensive overview of the proposed presentation. We look forward to receiving your contributions and engaging in stimulating discussions at the conference.

Submission Guidelines: Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and clearly state the objectives, methodology, results, and conclusions of the proposed presentation.

Please submit your abstract as a Word document or PDF attachment via email to by Friday, the 5th August 2024.

In the subject line of the email, please indicate “Abstract Submission for Maritime Boundary Delimitation Conference“.


Important Dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 5th August 2024

Notification of Acceptance: 19th August 2024

Conference Dates: 3rd to 5th September 2024


We look forward to receiving your abstracts and your participation in this important conference on maritime boundary delimitation and ocean governance. Should you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at


[Conference Organizing Committee]