Oversight Institutions of SADC
Institutions that exercise oversight and control in international organisations have a legitimating effect on decisions made by an international organisation and they serve to increase the incidence of compliance with such decisions. This chapter discusses the oversight institutions or those institutions which, even though they are not given formal oversight functions by the SADC Treaty, have the potential to play an oversight role. The institutions covered in this chapter are the SADC Tribunal (currently not operational), the SADC National Committees, and the SADC Parliamentary forum. This chapter seeks to identify the different roles of these three oversight institutions and also to establish the extent to which the SADC institutional structure and other challenges constrain them in the discharge of their mandates.