‘Fishing’ for recognition of customary law: a preliminary reflection in the fisheries context

By Julia Nakamura, Bolanle Erinosho and Mia Strand

“At the international level, ‘customary law’ has been defined as a set of: ‘customs that are accepted as legal requirements or obligatory rules of conduct; practices and beliefs that are so vital and intrinsic a part of a social and economic system that they are treated as if they were laws’.[1] 

The recognition of customary law in the context of natural resource management has received attention in national and international fora for many years. References to customary practices, authorities, rights, tenure systems, fishing grounds and access to fishery resources are found in instruments adopted under the FAO’s auspices, including…”

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