The Rule of Law and the Implementation of an Economic Acquis Communautaire in Sub Saharan Africa: Legal Challenges for the East African Community

  • Teresa ThorpEmail author
Part of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law book series (EUROYEAR, volume 3)


Regional initiatives linked to a broader inter-continental agenda have been at the forefront of recent developments in the legal systems of Sub Saharan Africa. As each underlying regional economic community (REC) advances the rule of law, and the implementation of an economic acquis communautaire, it faces similar but distinct challenges. This article examines some of the legal challenges facing one of the underlying RECs, that of the East African Community (EAC). It does this in two ways: first by assessing the character and scope of the EAC’s economic acquis communautaire; and then by using the results of that assessment to evaluate the process of legal approximation at a national level.


Free Movement Partner State Southern African Development Community Regional Trade Agreement Acquis Communautaire 
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This paper is the final version of a paper prepared for the 2010 Society of International Economic Law Conference in Barcelona. I am grateful for inputs received, questionnaires completed and interviews conducted with the EAC Secretariat, Partner States and other stakeholders.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Insight InternationalWatfordUK

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