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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Great Lakes Region, Africa

Hartmut Hamann

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 26 June 2019

Subject(s):
Water — Sustainable development — Regional co-operation — Rivers — Sovereignty — Jurisdiction of states, conflicts — Jurisdiction of states, nationality principle — Jurisdiction of states, territoriality principle

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Great Lakes Region in Africa covers the territory between Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria , Lake Albert, Lake Edward, and Lake Kivu (‘ Zwischenseengebiet ’, Interlacustrine Region). In addition the eastern provinces North and South Kivu of the Democratic Republic of Congo ( Congo, Democratic Republic of the [‘DRC’]) belong to this region. Geographically the region is a plateau located between 5° S and 2° N latitude. The term ‘Great Lakes Region’ was first used by European explorers who arrived in the second half of the 19 th century. They found a densely...
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