African Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 21, 2011 - Law
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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Contents

I African Regional Trade Agreements as flexible legal regimes
1
A defining aspect of African RTAs
34
III Multiple memberships in African RTAs
65
IV African RTAs in the context of Article XXIV of the GATT
86
V Trade liberalization commitments and realization time frames
143
VI Financing African RTAs
243
VII African RTA Judiciaries
264
VIII Trade remedy regimes
298
IX Monetary unions in Africa
342
X IntraAfrican regional trade integration
361
XI African RTA relations with nonAfrican RTAs
390
Bibliography
424
Index
471
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James Thuo Gathii is Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship and Governor George E. Pataki Professor of International Commercial Law, Albany Law School. He is author of War, Commerce and International Law (2010) and over 50 articles and book chapters.