Navigating a sea of laws : small-scale fishing communities and customary rights in Ghana and South Africa

Christoffels-DuPlessis, Anthea and Erinosho, Bolanle and Major, Laura and Morgera, Elisa and Sunde, Jackie and Vermeylen, Saskia; Boswell, Rosabelle and O'Kane, David and Hills, Jeremy, eds. (2022) Navigating a sea of laws : small-scale fishing communities and customary rights in Ghana and South Africa. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Blue Heritage. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Cham, Switzerland, pp. 325-356. ISBN 9783030993474 (https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-99347-4_18)

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Abstract

After reflecting on the current status of international law and insights from studies on legal pluralism on the recognition of customary law, this chapter explores shared challenges and different approaches to ensuring the recognition of small-scale fishers' customary rights in Ghana and South Africa. The chapter concludes by drawing on international human rights law and international environmental law to identify procedural approaches to strengthen the protection for fishers' customary rights as a matter of implementation at the national level.