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Not Your Dumping Ground: Criminalization of Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Africa

Sirleaf, Matiangai (2018) Not Your Dumping Ground: Criminalization of Trafficking in Hazardous Waste in Africa. Wisc. J. Int'l L., 35 (2). pp. 326-366.

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Abstract

This Article examines how the African Union’s adoption of the Malabo Protocol seeks to improve upon the limitations of the international legal framework for regulating hazardous waste. The Malabo Protocol criminalizes trafficking in hazardous waste and envisions a regional forum for such prosecutions, which presents an opportunity for African states to alter the status quo in environmental protection. This Article examines how the troubling history of toxic colonialism in Africa helped to inform the attempt to criminalize the trafficking of hazardous waste and create a forum under the Malabo Protocol for combating dirty dumping.

This Article explores how the inadequate international legal framework for regulating hazardous waste led to the attempt to create a more robust regional regime under the Bamako Convention, with the Malabo Protocol serving as the vehicle for regional enforcement. It evaluates whether the Protocol furthers the punitive objectives of the Bamako regime to punish and deter trafficking in hazardous waste. It does this by analyzing whether the regional prosecution of dirty dumping is consistent with the newer theories of punishment, as well as some of the more traditional goals of punishment.

This Article also analyzes the implications of the regional prosecution of dirty dumping under the Malabo Protocol. It assesses the potential challenges that might arise in the attempt to regionally prosecute trafficking in hazardous waste and suggests ways these issues can be resolved through creative interpretation of the Malabo Protocol. Lastly, this Article concludes that the Malabo Protocol’s provision for a regional forum for the prosecutions of traffickers of hazardous waste presents another venue for African states whose domestic judiciaries and related institutions may have limited resources. If implemented, the Protocol could facilitate closing the global impunity gap for dirty dumping in Africa.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
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Sirleaf, Matiangai
Date: 2018
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Wisc. J. Int'l L.
Volume: 35
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 326-366
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2019 18:35
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 18:35
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/37376

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