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Prof Patrick Vrancken, who is the incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa at Nelson Mandela University, is the main editor and one of the authors of The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States.

The book of 27 chapters with 30 co-authors, recently published by Juta, provides the first foundation for an assessment and the further development of the legal aspects of ocean governance in Africa.

Africa’s 2050 Integrated Maritime Strategy focusses on fostering increased wealth creation from the oceans and seas by developing a sustainable thriving blue economy in a secure and environmentally sustainable manner.

The book is meant to be a reference work for role players in the African Maritime Domain, including agencies and governments, business, civil society, lawyers, scientists and students.

Prof Vrancken, as a renowned international expert of the law of the sea, also contributed as one of 64 authors to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea – A Commentary, published last year in Germany and edited by Alexander Proelss, Professor of Public International Law at the University of Trier.

Prof Vrancken is the only contributor from Africa and one of the only five contributors based in the developing world of this work, which has already become an indispensable element of the literature in the field.

Nelson Mandela University launched its Ocean Sciences Campus in September last year focussing on interdisciplinary studies in Ocean Sciences and the blue economy.

As Chair at the campus, Prof Vrancken’s research focusses on South Africa and the law of the sea; Development in Africa and the law of the sea and the legal aspects of marine tourism.

Contact information
Professor Patrick Vrancken
Incumbent of the South African Research Chair in the Law of the Sea and Development in Africa
Tel: 27 41 504 2200