The African Sovereign Debt Justice Network, (AfSDJN), is a coalition of citizens, scholars, civil society actors and church groups committed to exposing the adverse impact of unsustainable levels of African sovereign debt on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Convened by Afronomicslaw.org with the support of Open Society for Southern Africa, (OSISA), the AfSDJN's activities are tailored around addressing the threats that sovereign debt poses for economic development, social cohesion and human rights in Africa. It advocates for debt cancellation, rescheduling and restructuring as well as increasing the accountability and responsibility of lenders and African governments about how sovereign debt is procured, spent and repaid.
Focusing in particular on Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria and Senegal, the AfSDJN will also amplify African voices and decolonize narratives on African sovereign debt . Its activities include producing research outputs to enhance the network’s advocacy interventions. It also seeks to create awareness on and elevate the priority given to sovereign debt and other economic justice issues on the African continent and beyond throughout 2021.
- One Hundred and Fifth Sovereign Debt News Update: Ethiopia Agrees on Bilateral Debt-Service Suspension and Seeks Eurobond Restructuring
- One Hundred and Fourth Sovereign Debt News Update: Zambia Announces that its Debt Restructuring with Eurobond Creditors Cannot be implemented at this time
- The 10th anniversary of China’s $1tn Belt and Road Initiative and its Impact on Africa
- One Hundred and Third Sovereign Debt News Update: Malawi gets Approval on US$174m Extended Credit Facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
- Statement of the African Sovereign Debt Justice Network (AfSDJN) on the Occasion of the 28th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28)
The Analysis Section of Afronomicslaw.org publishes two types of content on issues of international economic law and public international law, and related subject matter, relating to Africa and the Global South. First, individual blog submissions which readers are encouraged to submit for consideration. Second, feature symposia, on discrete themes and book reviews that fall within the scope of the subject matter focus of Afronomicslaw.org.
- Debt-for-Climate Swaps and Illicit Financial Flows: A call for caution in designing climate finance infrastructures
- Digital Solidarity and Human Rights: A Conversation with the Outgoing UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity
- Digital Solidarity in International Criminal Evidence
- Digital Solidarity in the Sharing Economy
- Dismantling Epistemic Violence and Eurocentrism in the Teaching and Research of International Law in the Global South: A Reflection
The African Journal of International Economic Law, (AfJIEL) is the peer review journal of record on international economic law issues relating to Africa and the Global South. The AfJIEL is an open access journal published with the support of Sheria Publishing House – a publishing house committed to providing high quality, affordable and accessible materials on African and Third World scholarship and practice. The AfJIEL publishes articles on international economic law on and about Africa and the Third World.
This category hosts video recordings of Afronomicslaw webinars as well as Afronomicslaw.org Indabas. The Indabas are a series of discussions on important topics with individuals often working behind the scenes on important issues of international economic law relating to Africa and the Global South. Afronomicslaw videos are also available on our youtube channel.
- IMF Quota Reforms: Is the appointment of a Third Executive Director for Sub-Saharan Africa a game changer?
- AfronomicsLaw Indaba Episode 7: The 2022 Zimbabwe Coalition of Debt & Development (ZIMCODD) Case Against The Minister of Finance & Economic Development
- Inaugural Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Conference: Critical and Contextual Perspectives to International Economic Law: Amplifying the Voices of African Students and Early-career Researchers
- Afronomicslaw (Southern Africa) Academic Forum Information Session
- Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Guest Lecture Series: International Law and (the Critique of) Political Economy
The News and Events category publishes the latest News and Events relating to International Economic Law relating to Africa and the Global South. Every week, Afronomicslaw.org receive the News and Events in their e-mail accounts. The News and Events published every week include conferences, major developments in the field of International Economic Law in Africa at the national, sub-regional and regional levels as well as relevant case law. News and Events with a Global South focus are also often included.
Recent news and events
- Afronomicslaw and The South Centre Collaborative Webinar: Africa and the Geopolitics of WTO Reforms
- International Economic Law PhD and Post-Doc Opportunities with Funding
- Registration (Virtual/In-Person) and Program Announced: China and Europe in the African Continent Conference - (30th November and 1st December 2023)
- Call for Papers: Michigan Junior Scholars Conference (2024) - Reimagining the Public Private Divide
- Webinar: Trade Justice in the 21st Century: Global Perspectives
The Academic Forum is an inclusive and accessible forum that brings together undergraduate and graduate students as well as early career researchers from across the world interested in international economic law issues as they relate to Africa and the Global South. Its goals are to encourage and build core research skills in teaching, research, theory, methods and writing; developing content for Afronomicslaw.org and where possible to encourage authors to submit to the African Journal of International Economic Law; holding workshops and masterclasses on core research skills in teaching, research, theory, methods and writing; and organizing annual poster/essay competitions on international economic law issues. View the current Academic Forum Leadership here.
- Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Guest Lecture Series: Community values and their role in shaping digital trade rules for the AfCFTA Digital Protocol
- Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Guest Lecture Series: Issues Linked to the Recovery of Proceeds of Corruption and Stolen Assets
- Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Guest Lecture Series: The EAC - Between Elitism and People-Centredness
- Call for Applications: Scholarship Opportunities for Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Members or Contributor to attend the 2023 Global Trade Academy by Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law
- 27th Academic Forum Guest Lecture - Purpose in International Economics Law – Searching Beyond the Text
The Repository contains cases, documents, bibliographies and materials on International Economic Law relating to Africa and the Global South with a view to making these materials easily and freely accessible. At the moment, the repository contains cases from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, (COMESA), Court of Justice cases as well as an extensive summary of Africa's regional and sub-regional international economic regimes.
Afronomicslaw.org invites our readers to contribute towards building this repository by proposing and submitting bibliographies particularly of materials of international economic law and international law that concern and relate to Africa and the Global South. The justifications for this repository include making these materials easily accessible and available especially in resource constrained environments. In addition, the repository is consistent with a major Afronomicslaw.org goals of: (i) centering and amplifying the scholarship that is excluded in the canon of international law in the most widely read publications; and (ii), producing content to overcome barriers to access such as cost of printed materials, paywalls and stringent intellectual property rights protections.
- Judgment of Mr. Justice Robin Knowles CBE in The Federal Republic of Nigeria v Process & Industrial Developments Limited  EWHC 2638
- NEW OPEN ACCESS BOOK: Sixty years after independence, Africa and international law: Views from a generation / Soixante ans apres les independances, l’Afrique et le droit international: Regards d’une generation, Apollin Koagne Zouapet (Ed), PULP 2023
- New Book: Transforming Climate Finance in an Era of Sovereign Debt Distress, James T. Gathii, Adebayo Majekolagbe, and Nona Tamale, Eds. (Free Access)
- New Book: How to Reform the Global Debt and Financial Architecture Edited by James T. Gathii (Free Access)
- The African Continental Free Trade Area Rules of Origin Manual (July 2022)