Professor Edwin Egede is a Professor of International Law & International Relations at the Cardiff University School of Law & Politics, Cardiff, Wales, UK and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Public Law, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He is also one of the editors of a six-volume book project on The Law of the Sea - Contemporary Norms and Practice in Africa and  a member of the Advisory Board of the Brazilian Yearbook of Law of the Sea(BYLOS).

Prof Egede having a fine blend of experience in academia and practice, undertakes interdisciplinary teaching and research in the areas of Public International Law, Law of the Sea and International Organizations, especially as regards the United Nations. He has published widely in these areas and has also made academic and policy presentations at various international conferences. He has contributed to national and international law & policy development through his involvement in policy workshops and appointment as consultant to various entities, such as the United Nations (UN), International Seabed Authority (ISA) and African Union (AU). For instance, he was appointed as expert consultant by the UN to elaborate and advice on a strategic roadmap to develop African deep seabed mining regulations. He has also been appointed as expert consultant to the UN to assist the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in establishing and implementing the African Blue Economy Strategy, in line with the African Mining Vision, especially as regards deep seabed mining (this involved undertaking several missions on behalf of the UN). Furthermore, he was appointed by the AU as an independent expert member/consultant of an Ad Hoc Experts group established by the African Union Commission for the development of the annexes to the African Maritime Charter on Security, Safety and Development in Africa, a treaty to implement the African Blue Economy. In addition, he was appointed by the ISA as an independent expert consultant to prepare, along with two other experts, a peer reviewed interdisciplinary report related to legal, technical and financial issues on the operationalisation of the Enterprise of the ISA. For the report see Furthermore, he was part of a select team of 25 consisting of military officers, practitioners and academics invited to participate in a NATO workshop in San Francisco on the law of the sea and human rights.

Before becoming a full time academic in 2007, Prof Egede had played senior roles as a practising legal practitioner in various law firms. He is currently a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), Public Law Committee, and a member of the International Law Association(ILA).

Prof Egede’s publications include, among others, the following:


  • The Bakassi Dispute and the International Court of Justice: Continuing Challenges (with Dr. Mark Igiehon),(Routledge Publishers, 2017)(edited book) pp.x + 181, ISBN 9781472470621 
  • The Politics of International Law and Justice (with Prof. Peter Sutch) (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), pp. ix + 374, ISBN 978-0-7486-3472-9
  • Africa and the Deep Seabed Regime: Politics and International Law of the Common Heritage of Mankind, Springer, Heidelberg/Dordrecht/London/New York, (2011), ppxxxii +271.ISBN 978-3-642-17661-6; e-ISBN 978 -3-642-17662-3. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-17662-3. Also available as e-book, e-ISBN 978 -3-642-17662-3. DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-17662-3

Journal Articles

  • “Historic Rights in African State Practice” (2019) 7(2) Korea Journal of International and Comparative Law, pp.169-191;
  • “Dispute Concerning Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary between Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire in the Atlantic Ocean – Lessons from another Maritime Delimitation Case arising from the African Region”,(with Lawrence Apaalse) (2019) 29 Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, pp.55-90;
  • Maritime Security: Horn of Africa and Implementation of the 2050 AIM Strategy”, (2018) 30(2) Horn of Africa Bulletin, pp. 7-11;
  • “The Force of Community in the Oil and Gas Rich Region of the Niger Delta: Propositions for New Legal and Contractual Arrangements”, (with Dr. Hephzibah Egede), (2016-2017) 25 Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, pp.45-88;
  • Institutional gaps in the Africa’s Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy”, (2016) Journal of Ocean Law and Governance in Africa (JOLGA), pp.1-27;
  • "The Common Heritage of Mankind of the Area and Sub-Saharan African   Native Land Tenure System: 'Clash of Cultures' in the Interpretation of Concepts in International Law?" (2014) 58(1) Journal of African Law, pp.71-88;
  • “Africa and the Extended Continental Shelf under the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) 1982,” (2012) 14 Journal Jurisprudence, pp.173-200;
  • “Ghana’s Extended Continental Shelf and Submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf under Article 76 of the Law of the Sea Convention 1982”, (with Lawrence Apaalse, the Project Co-ordinator, Ghana National Continental Shelf Delineation Project) (2010) 22(1) Sri Lanka Journal of International Law, pp.141-172;
  • "African States and Participation in Deep Seabed Mining: Problems and Prospects”, (2009) 24(4) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, pp.683-712;
  • Bringing Human Rights Treaties Home: An Examination of Domestic Implementation of Human Rights Treaties in Nigeria” ;(2007)51(2) Journal of African Law, pp.249-284;
  • Submission of Brazil and Article 76 of the Law of the Sea Convention(LOSC) 1982”, (2006) 21(1) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, pp.33-55;
  • Who owns the Nigerian Offshore Seabed: Federal or States? An Examination of the Attorney General of the Federation v. Attorney General of Abia State & 35 Ors,”(2005) 49(1) Journal of African Law, pp.73-93;
  • The Outer Limits of the Continental Shelf: African States and the Law of the Sea Convention 1982”, (2004) 35(2) Ocean Development & International Law, pp.157 -178;
  • The Nigerian Territorial Waters Legislation and the Law of the Sea Convention (LOSC) 1982”, (2004) 19(2) International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, pp.147-172.

Chapter in Edited Book

  • “Maritime Security and the Deep Seabed Beyond National Jurisdiction”, in Catherine Barnet (ed.), New Uses and Abuses of the Seabed – Legal Challenges (Brill Publishers, 2020), pp.185-210;
  • “The Area: Common Heritage of Mankind, Sponsoring States of Convenience and Developing States” in Matz-Lück, Proelss, Sanden, Verheyen Kotzur(eds.), Sustainable Ocean Resource Governance: Deep Sea Mining, Marine Energy and Submarine Cables (Brill Publishers, 2018), pp.155-184;
  • “The Land and Maritime Boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria (Cameroon v. Nigeria: Equatorial Guinea intervening) Case: Interrogating some ongoing Law of the Sea Challenges” in Edwin Egede & Mark Igiehon(eds.), Bakassi Dispute and the International Court of Justice: Continuing Challenges, (Routledge Publishers, 2017), pp.117-137;
  • “Nigeria and the Law of the Sea” in Martin Tsamenyi and Patrick Vrancken (eds.), The Law of the Sea: The African Union and its Member States, (South Africa: Juta Publishers, 2017), pp.506-543;
  • Piracy and the East African Region,” in P. Koutrakos and A. Skordas (eds.) The Law and Practice of Piracy at Sea: European and International Perspectives, (Oxford: Hart Publishing,2014), pp.249-265.


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