Pan-Africanism

Afronomicslaw.org Academic Forum Guest Lecture Series:"The African Continental Free Trade Area in the Shadow of Contending Visions of Pan-Africanism"

April 8, 2021

The Afronomicslaw.org Academic Forum invites you to join their next guest lecture series.

Guest Speaker: Olabisi D. Akinkugbe, Assistant Professor of Law at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Date: Saturday April 10, 2021

Time: 5:00 - 7:00pm East African Time.

Symposium: ACP-EU Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities for the Post-2020 Relationship

Over the past two decades, a number of factors have disrupted the Cotonou acquis. The opportunity to regenerate the ACP-EU relationship on new terms requires the parties to respond to challenges at the international, regional and domestic levels. At the global level, we have witnessed the declining influence of the USA and the EU on the international stage as emerging economies, like China and India, gain more economic and political power. As the EU’s leverage is not as significant as it was when the CPA was signed almost twenty years ago, multipolarity may present an opportunity for the ACP countries to diversify their partnerships and forge new relationships with non-EU countries.

REVIEW III of Regional Developmentalism through Law: Establishing an African Economic Community, Jonathan Bashi Rudahindwa, Routledge, 2018

The book traces the evolution of regionalism and regional integration on the continent, from the Organization of African Unity through to the African Union but, unlike earlier treatises on regionalism, Bashi Rudahindwa rightly places emphasis on the role of the legal framework. He draws comparisons with other regional economic integration projects: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Common Market of the Southern Cone (MERCOSUR), the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the European Union (EU), to argue for greater emphasis in the AU on capacity building, and the need to utilize law to support regulatory and institutional frameworks to facilitate trade and industrialization, and interventionist measures aimed at promoting structural transformation.