oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The quest to ban hazardous waste import into Africa : first Bamako and now Basel

Volume 33, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The issue of controlling or banning the transboundary movement of hazardous waste from developed to developing countries represents a conflict between the economic interests, of both developed and developing countries, and the health and lives of people in developing countries.

The primary objective of this paper is to examine the likelihood of success of a total ban on hazardous waste import into the continent of Africa. I begin by comparing several provisions of the Basel and Bamako Conventions. I then proceed to examine the new developments in the Basel Convention. In the conclusion it is submitted that the recent developments give a ray of hope for institutional arrangements banning the movement of hazardous substances into the continent of Africa. But first, let us consider two highly publicised incidents that gave the issue international recognition.

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