Welcome to CEMLAWS Africa

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While maritime security and enforcement may be improved by attaining the right equipment and surveillance, that is by no means adequate for the execution of ocean governance mandates at sea. A higher priority must be placed on empowering relevant stakeholders with professional training, operational knowledge and best practices. This is particularly important because unlike on the land, any activity and enforcement at sea raises complex issues that must be carefully navigated. In addition to our regular training programmes, our team of experts provide customised and in-house training that meets your organizational needs.

Since its establishment, the Centre has run the following capacity building programmes. Some of these programmes were tailor-designed for specific institutions, while others drew on participants from relevant ministries, departments and agencies across the sub-region.

Training Composition





The ultimate intent of CEMLAWS Africa’s training programmes is to create an expansive and in-depth understanding of maritime law and security issues through insightful, interactive and innovative approaches to learning. Each course employs multiple delivery modes that make each lesson a lasting legacy in the minds of students.

While we take pride in our highly knowledgeable and adept community of instructors, CEMLAWS Africa recognises the need for a discourse approach to learning. Instructors capitalise on the strength of active participation and productive deliberation to ensure that participants gain a holistic picture of each area under study.

Concepts are illustrated using a blend of crisp notes, graphics, videos, case studies and simulation exercises that participants can relate to at the most basic level. At the end of the programme, participants leave with a handful of intelligible hard and soft copy learning tools.

Upon successful completion of each programme, participants will receive certificates from CEMLAWS Africa. Participants must attend all modules of the training to be awarded a certificate.