African Continental Free Trade Agreement

Reflections on Day 1 of the AfIELN Biennial Conference: COVID-19 and International Economic Law: Africa’s Experiences and Responses

This blog piece is a reflection on the core arguments from this conference. Notably, Prof. Arewa explored the broader relationship between Africa and international law governance. Within this general theme, Prof. Arewa discussed the link between copy-and-paste laws, the relationship between internal and external legal perspectives, the importance of measurement systems, the lack of understanding of our legal systems, and Africa's place in the COVID-19 vaccine struggle. This piece will evaluate Prof. Arewa and other speakers' thoughts on how COVID-19 brought Africa's broader problems into light, as well as the measures that could be taken to pivot for effective African solutions. This piece will specifically outline the speakers' views on the place and benefits of regional integration and the emerging digital economy's benefits to Africa. Finally, the piece will conclude by drawing the recommendations made as a way forward for Africa.

Regional Integration and the role of National Competition Agencies in Competition law enforcement: Lessons from the Covid-19 Pandemic

This blog post illustrates the role of national competition agencies (NCAs) in enforcing regional-level competition laws in Africa. Generally, the journey to regional integration starts with action at the national level. Then, as countries enter discussions and negotiations, treaties or agreements are signed containing articles that spell out common interests between States.

Regional Integration and Competition Policy in West Africa: Interfacing Regional and Continental Competition Policies

The objective of integrating the African economies is now continental. Hence, the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement for a Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) marks a new and more ambitious stage in the process of integrating African economies[1]. Generally, regional integration projects and initiatives have a strong focus on the trade dimension. They aim at lowering and eliminating trade barriers by prohibiting participating members' restraints of trade in the internal market or by creating a common market. The trade dimension is important. However, its objectives would not be achieved without a competition policy dimension as a compliment. Hence, restrictions of competition on the regional level have both a trade and a competition component. To achieve the objective of creating regional markets free of trade barriers, it is crucial, in addition to the prohibiting restriction of trade, to police private and State initiated anti-competitive behaviors.

ADR Section of the African Bar Association presents an online Webinar themed "African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and ADR: Challenges and Expectations"

August 2, 2021

Edward F. Luke II and John Ohaga will present at an Online Webinar hosted by the ADR Section of the African Bar association: “African Continental Free Trade Agreement AFCFTA and ADR: Challenges and Expectations”

Date: 2 August 2021

Time: 2pm West Africa Time (9 a.m. Eastern),

Zoom Meeting ID: 8968649 4750;

NEWS: 7.15.2021

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AfIELN 2021 Biennial Colloquium (Virtual): Covid-19 and International Economic Law: Africa's Experiences and Responses, July 23-24, Free Registration Open

July 15, 2021

The African International Economic Law Network (AfIELN), the regional network of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), welcomes you to the 2021 virtual colloquium in collaboration with Afronomicslaw Blog.

The theme of this year’s event is "COVID-19 and International Economic Law: Africa's Experiences and Responses" and will be held from the 23rd - 24th July 2021.