tralac’s training focuses on current and emerging applied trade law and policy matters, with emphasis on sound policy practice, embedding training in an institutional context and following up to ensure application and transfer of knowledge within institutions. All training programmes involve assessment and evaluation to ensure continued learning and further programme development.

View the Events calendar to find out more about upcoming events and training.

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Short courses

Short training courses are usually designed and presented in response to requests that tralac receives from specific beneficiaries. Requests come from Trade Ministries and other government departments or agencies, Regional Secretariats as well as from parliaments in the region. Non-state organizations (such as Chambers of Commerce or business associations) also request training. tralac staff also regularly contribute to training programmes of other institutions such as the WTO, regional and international universities, and other capacity building organizations.

Some of the topics covered by tralac in tailored short courses include (view past short courses):

  • Trade Policy Analysis
  • Introduction to International Trade Law
  • WTO Agreements
  • Regional Trade Agreements
  • Trade Negotiations (including negotiations simulations)
  • Regional Integration in east and southern Africa (RECs, TFTA, CFTA)
  • Dispute Settlement; Trade Remedies and Safeguards; Rules of Origin
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Investment

To submit a request for training for you or your organisation, please click here.

Geek Week

As part of tralac’s capacity building initiative, tralac hosts week-long workshops for researchers and trade policy analysts at the tralac offices. The aim of the Geek Week is to provide participants with the basic skills for trade data analysis for policy formulation and decision-making purposes.

e-Learning course

tralac launched its first online training course in March 2017 on the topic ‘Trade in the 21st Century: Legal and Policy Considerations for Africa’. The course ran over six weeks and was presented in English.

Rationale: Navigating the challenges of trade policy and regulation has never been more complicated or more important. Africa needs to pursue a 21st century trade and integration regime, prioritizing the movement of capital and people, trade facilitation, regulatory disciplines and dispute settlement that is accessible to all parties, including the private sector.

Click here to find out more and check back later for future online courses.

Interns and Volunteers

The objective of the tralac internship programme is to offer to young African graduates with a background in trade-related disciplines an opportunity to gain a better understanding of international trade matters, and to provide them with an opportunity to contribute to the inter-disciplinary (trade law and economics) analysis of trade and regional integration matters, specifically as they pertain to African countries.

The programme in turn provides tralac with the assistance of outstanding recent graduates specialising in trade law, economics, international relations or other trade-related diciplines. tralac has limited funds to support Interns. Please click here to find out more.

The objective of the tralac Volunteer Programme is to offer graduates, in trade-related disciplines, from non-African countries, an opportunity to work with the tralac team to gain a better understanding of international trade matters, specifically relevant to African countries. tralac does not provide any funding support for Volunteers.