Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development


Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development

9781848446793 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Francis N. Botchway, Associate Professor, University of Qatar
Publication Date: July 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84844 679 3 Extent: 544 pp
This well-researched book covers a wide spectrum of important issues that are central to investment in natural resources and ultimately, economic development of Africa.

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This well-researched book covers a wide spectrum of important issues that are central to investment in natural resources and ultimately, economic development of Africa.

Francis Botchway and the expert contributors analyse the relationships between good governance and resource management, as well as the existing commercial and financial agreements. The environmental implication of resource exploitation and the international dimensions of the industry are also explored in this insightful study. Each comprehensive and concise contribution highlights the importance of transparency and equity in investment and management of natural resources.

Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development is essential material for scholars and students of development, environmental law, international economic law and dispute resolution, as well as any international investor in natural resources.
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‘It would be a fitting purchase for academic law libraries, especially those currently offering courses in international environmental law. It would also be an excellent resource for students working on law journal articles. ... This book is an affordable and excellent resource, well worth the investment.’
– Stacy Fowler, St Mary’s University School of Law, US

‘The book is a useful contribution to the topic of natural resources development in Africa. Each chapter is very well researched and supported by extensive reference lists; in addition each author has strong academic and professional qualifications. . . this academic text will be useful to both the student and the practitioner (of law, politics and economics). . . I would recommend the book and suggest that anyone who reads this book will come away with a good understanding of the social, political, economic and legal issues and drivers of natural resources investment and development in Africa.’
– Michelle Gaynor, International Trade and Business Law Review

‘This book is an excellent addition to the literature in this area. . . Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development is a significant contribution to recognising the wider issues. . . I highly recommend this book, not only for lawyers with an interest in African resources, but also for those who care about good governance in the regulation of the natural world. I will certainly be recommending it to students, past, present and future.’
– Anne-Michelle Slater, Environmental Law Review

‘This book makes a significant contribution to the literature on natural resource law and governance by engaging specifically with the issues arising in the African region. It covers a wide spectrum of issues that are key to the sustainable use of natural resources in the region, thus making it an important resource for anyone interested in natural resource governance and economic development in the African region.’
– Philippe Cullet, University of London, UK.
Contributors: R. Ako, F.N. Botchway, D. Dzidzornu, G. Hilson, A. Kolo, E. Laryea, B. Melo Araujo, I. Odumosu, E. Oshionebo, R. Rauxloh, B.J. Richardson, N. Uddin


Francis N. Botchway

1. Good Governance and Resource Management in Africa
Rhuks Ako and Nilopar Uddin

2. Dispute Settlement and Sustainable Development of Natural Resources in Africa
Abba Kolo

3. Resource Exploitation and Environmental Justice: The Nigerian Experience
Rhuks Ako

4. Contractual Arrangements for Resource Investment
Emmanuel Laryea

5. ‘A Conflict of Interest’? A Critical Examination of Artisanal/Large-scale Miner Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa
Gavin Hilson

6. Mergers and Acquisitions in Resource Industry: Implications for Africa
Francis N. Botchway

7. Fiscal Regimes for Natural Resource Extraction: Implications for Africa’s Development
Evaristus Oshionebo

8. Africa: From Object to Agent of Socially Responsible Investment
Benjamin J. Richardson

9. Evolution of International Investment Law and Implications for Africa
Emmanuel Laryea

10. Commodity Agreements and Markets
Billy Melo Araujo

11. Regime Theory and China–Africa Economic Relations: New Ideas in Old Paradigms?
Francis N. Botchway

12. The Settlement of Investor–State Oil and Gas Disputes in Africa
Ibironke Odumosu

13. The Role of International Criminal Law in Environmental Protection
Regina Rauxloh

14. Economic Development and Environmental Protection in Africa: The Constitutional, Conventional and Institutional Contexts
David Dzidzornu

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