Small-Scale Fisheries and Blue Justice: Procedural and Substantive Rights of Fisherfolks

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This seminar will explore the role and practical relevance of international legal instruments for the recognition and full realisation of the human rights of small-scale fishers, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication. It will explain why these legal instruments came into being, and discuss their respective contributions. It will then discuss how these instruments matter in the specific context of small-scale fisheries in South Africa and Ghana. Our panellists will discuss what the definition of small-scale fisheries in South Africa and Ghana entails at legal and practical levels, the problems that arise due to variability in the sector, and procedural and substantive rights in the context of small-scale fisheries and the implications of COVID-19 to the protection of these rights.

1. Dr Bernadette Snow, Nelson Mandela University
2. Ms Taryn Pereira, Rhodes University
3. Dr Bola Erinosho, the University of Cape Coast, Ghana
4. Dr Harrison Kwame-Golo, the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
5. Professor Elisa Morgera, the University of Strathclyde, UK
6. Ms Julia Nakamura, the University of Strathclyde, UK