Call for applications for the Afronomicslaw Academic Forum (Southern Africa)


May 24, 2022


The video of the Information session can be viewed here.

The Afronomicslaw Academic Forum is a network of students, early-career researchers, and early-career practitioners interested in international economic law as it relates to Africa and the Global South. The Forum is led by its own members, who coordinate a wide range of programming to support the professional development and intellectual growth of members over the course of one year.

The Southern African wing of the Afronomicslaw Academic Forum was established in 2021. The first cohort consisted of 36 members from nine countries across Southern Africa. Collectively, the members studied at 26 different universities, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge not only on international economic law and how it intersects with topical issues in their host countries, but also on the limits of how international economic law is taught at universities on the continent. Members work in government, international and domestic organisations, private law firms, universities and elsewhere, or they are students. Their interests are diverse, but they coalesce around a deep commitment to understanding (and changing) how international economic law impacts, and is impacted by, Southern Africa, Africa and the global South more broadly.

The Southern African Regional Board, which is the leadership of the Forum in Southern Africa, is looking for students, early-career researchers, and early-career practitioners from the whole Southern African region who are passionate about international economic law to join the Forum as part of its second cohort.

Members benefit from:

  • Monthly substantive lectures with renowned scholars (usually on the 1st Saturday of each month)
  • Monthly presentations by members on a key theoretical / foundational influence on their work (usually on the 2nd Thursday evening of each month)
  • Monthly Key Skills workshops on academic research and publishing (usually on the 3rd Saturday of each month)
  • Structured editorial support for the researching, writing, presenting and publishing of a short symposium paper for the Afronomicslaw Academic Forum Annual Conference
  • Ongoing mentorship from leaders in academia, government and legal practice
  • Ongoing career support for accessing postgraduate degree and career opportunities
  • A diverse network of like-minded individuals from across Africa.

An optional information session will be held on 31 May 2022. Applications close on 10 June 2022. Membership of the Forum is for one year and will last from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to think carefully about whether they have the capacity to fulfil the requirements of membership for the full year. The selection process is competitive. Applicants will be assessed on their demonstrable interest/experience in international economic law and public international law; demonstrable interest/experience in academic research and writing; leadership potential; and time availability.

For more on the Membership Options Available to Applicants, Eligibility Criteria for Regional Representatives/Regional Editors, Application Process and more, click here