1st Edition

The Bakassi Dispute and the International Court of Justice Continuing Challenges

Edited By Edwin Egede, Mark Igiehon Copyright 2018
    182 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    On the 10th of October 2002 the International Court of Justice delivered the Bakassi decision, which, amongst other things, excised the resource rich land and maritime territory of Bakassi from Nigeria and transferred its legal title to Cameroon. These two countries under the auspices of the United Nations established the mechanism of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission to honour and implement their obligations under the ICJ decision. Over a decade after the ICJ decision this volume brings together academics and practitioners to assess the impact of this decision and the challenges and issues that have been raised in the course of its implementation. Hailed by some as a model of preventive diplomacy and a blueprint for the future, this timely assessment illuminates the difficulties in imposing such controversial decisions and considers whether this type of Mixed Commission is an adequate mechanism for implementing them.

    Table of Contents

    Profile of Authors


    1. Bakassi Case: Challenges of case management of international litigation – Tim Daniels;

    2. Should Nigeria Have Sought Revision of the Bakassi Decision by the International Court of Justice? – Emeka Duruigbo

    3. Resolution of International Disputes through Preventive Diplomacy by the United Nations: Case study of Cameroon v. Nigeria CASE – Bayo Ojo

    4. The ICJ Decision on the Cameroon-Nigeria Bakassi Dispute and Issues Arising: A Cameroonian perspective H.E – Nkwelle Ekaney

    5. The ICJ Bakassi Decision: The Rights of the Indigenous Communities and Populations in the Bakassi Peninsula – Hephzibah Egede

    6. Bakassi Decision: International law and the acquisition of sovereignty over land territory – Yoshifumi Tanaka

    7. The Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria (Cameroon v. Nigeria: Equatorial Guinea intervening) Case: Interrogating some ongoing law of the sea challenges – Dr Edwin E. Egede

    8. The ICJ Bakassi Decision: Prospects and Implications for the Exploitation of Petroleum Resources in Contested Waters – Dr Mark Osa Igiehon

    9. The Role of a Joint Development Agreement (jda) in Resolving the Conflicts and Uncertainties Over Maritime Boundary Delimitation: A missed opportunity in the bakassi case – Eddy Lenusira Wifa, Mark Amakoromo and Ibiateli Johnson-Ogbo







    Dr Edwin Egede is a Senior Lecturer in Law and International Relations at Cardiff University, UK. His research interests are in the areas of: Public International Law; Law of the Sea; African Blue Economy; International Organisations, especially the United Nations; Human Rights & Civil Liberties and International Relations. He has authored a number of books and journal articles on international law, the law of the sea and various international issues. In addition, he is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria with extensive practice experience.

    Dr Mark Igiehon is President, Oil & Mining for Good Global Forum (a centre of global expertise on the strategic utilization of petroleum and mining resources to produce much good) and a Teaching Fellow, University of Aberdeen, UK. He has variously worked as a legal advisor within the oil industry. His research interests are in the areas of Oil, Gas, and Environmental Law. He is the author of a number of articles in these and related areas.