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Law and Regional Integration in Africa: Comparative Perspective


Course Overview:

Higher postgraduate course, first semester.

See Rules for LLM and MPhil Degr ees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

Course outline:
The aim of the course is to provide a forum for students at an advanced level to critically study and analyse developments related to law and regional integration in Africa and other regions of the world. Production of research is also expected of the students.

The course will focus on both commercial and public law aspects in relation to regional integration in Africa and elsewhere. It will therefore examine in a comparative context legal aspects of economic and political integration in various regions with Africa as the starting point. The classes will consist of a combination of lectures by conveners and guest lecturers and seminar presentations on selected topics by students. All lectures and seminars will be on the basis of extensive background reading of relevant materials.

Lecturers and seminars will mainly focus on historical developments of regionalism in Africa and elsewhere, theories of regional integration, legal aspects of institutional and normative framework of African and other regional integration experiences. In terms of Africa, the focus will be on the normative and institutional framework of the African Union (AU) and debate on the Unites States of Africa; the role of „soft‟ mechanisms of the African Union such as NEPAD and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the facilitation of regional economic and political integration; the relationship between the AU and sub-regional organizations such as ECOWAS, SADC, EAC to the African Union; challenges of harmonisation of laws and the domestication of African economic agreements, prospects and challenges of regional integration.

There will be a similar focus on other regional integration experiences such as those of Europe and North America. The Course presentation will be a mix of lectures and student seminars and discussions.

Continuous assessment (written assignments and seminar presentations): 45%
Externalised long paper: 55%