tralac promotes active debate on trade law and policy issues in east and southern Africa and engages in applied trade law and policy analysis with the aim of addressing the most pressing trade matters for countries in the region. In brief, tralac develops trade law and policy intellectual capital: this involves monitoring trade negotiations, interpretation of agreements, contribution to debates and discussions on trade developments. Our research is presented in the following different formats:

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Trade Briefs

Short, non-technical papers dealing with relevant trade law and policy issues, aimed at senior policy makers and non-state actors.

Recent Trade Briefs:

What is COMESA’s Digital Free Trade Area and should SADC have one too? 
Ashly Hope - 15 Feb 2018

Uncertainty in a Time of Hope: Interpreting the 2018 World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos 
David Christianson - 8 Feb 2018

When African Trade Arrangements incorporate WTO Disciplines without all Member States being WTO Members 
Gerhard Erasmus - 24 Jan 2018

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Working Papers

Detailed analysis of trade issues which contribute to the body of intellectual capital on trade matters for the region, targeted at policy makers, analysts and trade advisors.

Recent Working Papers:

Rwanda: Trade and Economic Profile 
John Stuart - 2 Mar 2018

Structural Shifts in the Post-Apartheid SA Economy: A Comparative SAM Analysis 
John Stuart - 19 Jan 2018

Women in Services Trade: Participation and Ownership, A Sub-Saharan African Focus 
Gavin van der Nest - 15 Dec 2017

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MRI 2016-17


Collections of papers presenting a detailed analysis of a range of related trade matters, written specifically for the region.

Recent titles:

Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa Yearbook 2015/16
Trudi Hartzenberg and Gerhard Erasmus (Eds) - 3 Jul 2017

WTO: Agricultural Issues for Africa 
Ron Sandrey, Moses Lubinga, William Mwanza et al. - 24 Apr 2017

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