Africa’s combined exclusive maritime zone concept

Although the challenges of creating a common maritime space are enormous, this report identifies some best practices.

The establishment of the Combined Exclusive Maritime Zone for Africa (CEMZA) is a strategic objective of Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy. The intention is to create a common maritime space to facilitate geostrategic, economic, political, social and security benefits and minimise transnational threats. This report unpacks the nature and implications of the concept. Although the challenges of implementation are enormous and the prognosis appears bleak, the report identifies some examples from which best practices can be drawn.

About the author

Vishal Surbun is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and the Unit for Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He holds an LLB, LLM (Maritime Law) and PhD (UZKN). He has been researching and teaching maritime law and the law of the sea for the past decade.

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Development partners
This report is funded by the government of Norway. The ISS is also grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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