n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - South African and the Law of the Sea, Patrick H.G. Vrancken : book review

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Situated on a major shipping route linking East and West, with a 3 000 km coastline, with rich fishing resources, with some of Africa's major harbours and with - by African standards - a major navy and merchant fleet, the law of the sea is of vital significance for South Africa. To illustrate this significance South Africa in 1982 ratified the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention and later the 1994 Agreement on the Implementation of Part XI of the Law of the Sea Convention. South Africa has consequently also become a party to a large number of international conventions covering maritime security, navigation, the preservation of marine resources and the protection of the marine environment. This has led to an upsurge in literature on the subject in academic treatises and legal journals. The extensive bibliography of Vrancken's work bears this out.

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