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:

Trade in second-hand clothes: the bigger picture 
Brian Mureverwi - 10 Aug 2017

The final Trade Remedy Arrangement of the Tripartite Free Trade Area 
Gerhard Erasmus - 10 Aug 2017

Foreign Direct Investment policy and governance in the Southern African Development Community 
Talkmore Chidede - 13 Jul 2017

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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:

Prospects for Kenyan Industrialisation 
Grace Mbogo, Jude Songok, and John Stuart - 2 Aug 2017

Intellectual property governance in Africa  
Talkmore Chidede - 22 Jun 2017

An assessment of Kenya’s international competitiveness 
Kenneth Murimi, Samuel Matonda and Ron Sandrey - 1 Jun 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

Africa’s trade relations: Old friends, good friends and new friends 
Ron Sandrey, Bonani Nyhodo, Hans Grinsted Jensen et al. - 7 Oct 2015

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