Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements: A tralac short course - Intake 4
Case study of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)
Due to popular demand, tralac will be offering a fourth intake of its virtual short course on Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements: Case Study of the AfCFTA. The course consists of two modules to be held via Zoom:
Module 1: 3-4 December 2020
Module 2: 10-11 December 2020
Trade agreements are treaties regulating cross-border trade between two or more nations. These agreements establish trade-related rights and obligations between state parties. Unlike traditional trade agreements which covered trade in goods only modern trade agreements cover a range of trade-related issues such as trade in services, investment, intellectual property rights, competition policy, electronic commerce, trade and gender, sustainable development and public procurement, among others. International trade law or agreements have their own terminology and language which is difficult to understand or interpret for non-lawyers. Because of the complex terms and language, there has been increasing misinformation, misunderstanding or misinterpretation of trade-related information or news. It is against this background that (tralac) facilitates training on the interpretation of trade agreements.
Objectives and coverage of the short course
This training seeks to provide a basic understanding of international trade law or agreements terminology and language. In particular, in module 1 the training will look at what are: trade agreements and their effects; types of trade agreements (bilateral, regional, plurilateral and multilateral) as well as their nature and effects. The training will also focus on how trade agreements are negotiated, enter into force and applied at both national and international levels. The training will look at how trade agreements are interpreted with a view to determining legally binding provisions, absolute obligations or best endeavours. The training will also provide understanding on how trade agreements are amended.
In module 2 we will examine the legal instruments of the African Continental Free Trade Area: the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area, the Protocol on Trade in Goods (with its Annexes), the Protocol on Trade in Services and the Protocol on Dispute Settlement. We will also focus on the ongoing negotiations and the phase 2 negotiating agenda.
Tools to be used
Rules of treaty interpretation will be used during this training – including the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, international trade judgments/decisions, and illustrations from practical case examples.
Who should participate in this course?
The course is designed for trade policy practitioners, the private sector, trade officials and officials at continental and regional economic community institutions and trade journalists.
The course will be offered virtually (interactive virtual classrooms) on Zoom (links to be provided).
Module 1: 3 – 4 December 2020 (10:00 – 12:00; and 15:00 – 16:30 GMT+2)
Module 2: 10 – 11 December 2020 (10:00 – 12:00; and 15:00 – 16:30 GMT+2)
A ‘meet and greet’ session will be held on 2 December (10:00 – 10:30 GMT+2), for an overview of the course and for participants to meet colleagues.
Participants who attend and participate in all sessions will receive a ‘Certificate of Participation’.