Afronomicslaw Webinar V: Exploring Paths Toward an Ideal US/Kenya FTA for Kenya


August 26, 2020

Exploring Paths Toward an Ideal US/Kenya FTA for Kenya

Date: Sep 1, 2020
Time: 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Registration: Register in advance for this meeting: Zoom Link
This webinar will focus on what possible directions what the ideal paths lie for a US/Kenya FTA that will benefit Kenya in all the areas it is negotiating with the United States. The experts leading the discussion will consider what constraints and possibilities the negotiating framework in the United States means for Kenya’s goals in the negotiations. In addition, the experts will consider what lessons Kenya can learn from the United States, Mexico and Canada, (USMCA), Free Trade Agreement and how those lessons can translated into positive outcomes for Kenya.

Finally, the experts will consider Kenya’s commitment to negotiating an FTA that is not only WTO compatible, but also compatible its regional (e.g. AfCFTA) and sub-regional (e.g. EAC) commitments. Ultimately the webinar will discuss the extent to which the high stakes negotiations can have a transformative economic role for Kenya, a particularly important goal since the FTA is likely to lay the foundation for future US/Africa trade relations in the post-AGOA era a short five years away.

Kathleen Claussen, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law; Former Associate General Counsel at the Office of the US Trade Representative
Kholofelo Kugler, Advisory Center on WTO Law (ACWL) and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the Witswatersrand (Wits) School of Law
Alvaro Santos, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School; Deputy Negotiator for Mexico in the US, Mexico, Canada Trade Agreement (July-November 2018)
Professor James Thuo Gathii, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law; Wing-Tat Lee Chair in International Law & Professor of Law