African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes

African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes

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African regional trade integration has grown exponentially in the last decade. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the legal framework within which it is being pursued. It will fill a huge knowledge gap and serve as an invaluable teaching and research tool for policy makers in the public and private sectors, teachers, researchers and students of African trade and beyond. The author argues that African Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) are best understood as flexible legal regimes particularly given their commitment to variable geometry and multiple memberships. He analyzes the progress made toward trade liberalization in each region, how the RTAs are financed, their trade remedy and judicial regimes, and how well they measure up to Article XXIV of GATT. The book also covers monetary unions as well as intra-African regional integration, and examines free trade agreements with non-African regions including the Economic Partnership Agreements with the European Union.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 6 b/w illus.
  • 1139102141
  • 9781139102148

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. African RTAs as flexible legal regimes; 2. Variable geometry: a defining aspect of African RTAs; 3. Multiple memberships in African RTAs; 4. African RTAs in the context of Article XXIV of GATT; 5. Trade liberalization commitments and realization timeframes; 6. Financing African RTAs; 7. African RTA judiciaries; 8. Trade remedy regimes; 9. Monetary unions in Africa; 10. Intra-African regional trade integration; 11. African RTA relations with non-African RTAs.
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'James Gathii has written a pioneering work that will serve as a valuable tool for practitioners and students of international law and international relations, development economics, and African politics.' African Affairs
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