• Overall context

We live in a world of complexity of trade relations, with a proliferation of multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral rules that in many ways shrink national policy spaces. African countries need trade to foster their economic development, and for that purpose, they need to take full advantage of the current system. This requires awareness as well as negotiation and implementation capacity. 

  • Work Plan

The Trade Law & Policy Project at ACILP currently focus on policy research and advice on international trade law matters and instruments. Accordingly, the project focuses on conducting cost and benefit analysis of trade agreements and providing insight on current negotiation of new bilateral, regional and multilateral trade-related rules. In particular, we have three main work streams, namely: (i) WTO matters; (ii) regional trade Integration; and (iii) bilateral trade relations.

In terms of WTO matters, ACILP's work focuses mainly on providing an African perspective of the WTO dispute settlement system, the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and the Interaction between domestic, regional and international competition policy instruments.

Under the regional trade integration work stream, we look in particular at the policy dimensions of Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and other sub-regional agreements (e.g. Tripartite Free Trade Area between COMESA-EAC-SADC etc.).

Finally, at the bilateral level, we look at the legal and policy implications of bilateral trade relations between African countries (or regional integration bodies) and European Countries and the US (e.g. AGOA, EPAs).