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Title:Enforcement of the Green Tree Agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon: matters arising under municipal law
Author:Enabulele, Amos O.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African and international law (ISSN 1821-620X)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Subjects:boundary conflicts
international law
legislative power
Abstract:Following the 10 October 2002 International Court of Justice judgment on the protracted boundary dispute between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula, the Nigerian government and its Cameroonian counterpart signed an agreement in Green Tree, New York, on 12 June 2006 to implement the judgment. Consequent to that agreement Nigeria has made several adjustments to its boundaries in the affected states of the federation. The said agreement was unilaterally implemented by the executive without the valid approval of the National Assembly on 14 August 2008. The said implementation raises several unresolved constitutional issues touching on the relationship between municipal law and international law, in particular law touching the federative or foreign affairs powers of the president and the application of section 12 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. The author concludes that both Nigeria and Cameroon should revisit the agreement with a view to readdressing the domestic law issues it raises. For although the agreement may have been implemented, the absence of municipal legislations in both countries seriously threatens permanent and lasting peace in the area. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]