This paper engages in a critical legal analysis of Professor Ian Taylor’s article, Sixty Years Later: Africa’s Stalled Decolonization. It is not meant to be an exhaustive analysis but will provide a limited legal perspective of the article’s foundational arguments on the underlying causes of Africa’s economic underdevelopment, through a legal lens rooted in intellectual property (IP) law and international investment law (IIL).
Emerging States are urged to be more proactive in treaty making and the language contained therein. In essence, the inclusion of provisions to prevent misuse/ abuse of IPRs and anti-competitive practices in FTAs should be encouraged added to in-depth scrutiny of relevant IP provisions frequently found in TAs and/or that have been identified as bearing particular importance to the generic and biosimilar industries.
The necessity to change the measurement strategy of the AGOA and ACP-EU trade agreements presents a challenge not only to African countries but also to the US and the European Union to establish a common understanding on the need to widen the scope of the measure. All the partners involved require a comprehensive measurement strategy to quantify the real impact of AGOA and ACP-EU on people’s lives.