Creating a Single African Market on Trade in Services: Negotiating the Schedules of Specific Commitments under the Protocol on Trade in Services
26 Oct 2019 ~ Beatrice ChaytorIntroduction The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is an economic game-changer for Africa. A major aim of this ambitious effort is the expansion of intra-African trade by lower...read more
AfCFTA Trade in Services – A general guide and issues for negotiations on Mutual Recognition Agreements
26 Oct 2019 ~ Viola SawereBusiness services sector, which include professional services, has been prioritised under the ongoing negotiations on schedules of specific commitments in the context of the African Contin...read more
Cooperation on financial regulation under the AfCFTA: Where should member-states focus their efforts?
26 Oct 2019 ~ Ashly Hope (Volunteer)The Modalities and Guidelines adopted for services sector negotiations under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are unlikely to lead to significant increases in financial ser...read more
26 Oct 2019 ~ Gerhard ErasmusThe AfCFTA Protocol on Trade in Services is a first endeavour to liberalize intra-African trade in services. For several States the task at hand is a novel one. It involves deeper go...read more
16 Oct 2019 ~ John StuartAfrica is a continent of great diversity, perhaps more so than any other of the continents. It is a continent richly endowed with resources and these endowments have long formed the basis ...read more
16 Oct 2019 ~ John StuartThe regional grouping of Africa – both its continental and island states – is a large and diversified bloc of countries. Within this region are multiple regional economic communities (...read more
16 Oct 2019 ~ Talkmore ChidedeIntroduction Investor-State dispute settlement (ISDS) has in recent years been criticised for its systematic imbalances, as well as inconsistent, flawed and excessive arbitral awards, amo...read more
The United Kingdom Supreme Court annuls the suspension of Parliament: What are the implications for Brexit?
07 Oct 2019 ~ Gerhard ErasmusBrexit has rewritten many of the rules of the game for British politics and constitutional law. It has just added another chapter of major importance to this saga. On 24 September 2019, th...read more
13 Sep 2019 ~Free Trade Areas (FTAs) need institutions to oversee, promote and monitor the implementation of obligations by the State Parties. The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) esta...read more
13 Sep 2019 ~Trade and regional integration agreements must be implemented by the State Parties in order to make a difference. Who performs this function and what is the legal basis for the domestic im...read more
13 Sep 2019 ~Changes to institutional arrangements can happen in unexpected ways and as a result of governments’ new policies. The correct procedure is to follow the formal procedures for adopting am...read more
The Institutional Implications of Article 19 of the AfCFTA – where do the Regional Economic Communities fit in?
13 Sep 2019 ~Article 19(2) of the AfCFTA Agreement provides that “State Parties that are members of other regional economic communities, regional trading arrangements and custom unions, which have at...read more
13 Sep 2019 ~To a large extent, the launch of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) in June 2015 ushered in a new institutional approach towards intra-African trade and integration. ...read more