Richard Frimpong Oppong challenges the view that effective economic integration in Africa is hindered by purely socio-economic, political and infrastructural problems. Inspired by the comparative experiences of other regional economic communities and imbued with insights from constitutional, public and private international law, he argues that even if the socio-economic, political and infrastructural challenges were to disappear, the state of existing laws would hinder any progress. Using a relational framework as the fulcrum of analyses, he demonstrates that in Africa's economic integration processes, community-state, inter-state and inter-community legal relations have neither been carefully thought through nor situated on a solid legal framework, and that attempts made to provide legal framework have been incomplete and, sometimes, grounded on questionable assumptions. To overcome these problems and aid the economic integration agenda that is essential for Africa's long-term economic growth and development, the author proposes radical reforms to community and national laws.
Richard Frimpong Oppong is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, Canada. He holds degrees from the University of Ghana, Ghana School of Law, the University of Cambridge, Harvard Law School and the University of British Columbia. He has held a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship position at Dalhousie University and has also taught at Lancaster University. His principal research areas are international economic law, economic integration and public and private international law. He has published extensively in these areas.
Introduction; 1. Africa's economic integration - an introductory overview; 2. Legal framework for managing relational issues; 3. The AU, AEC and regional economic communities; 4. Community-state relations in Africa's economic integration; 5. Relational issues before the community courts; 6. AU/AEC institutions and the enforcement of community law; 7. Implementing community law in African states; 8. Inter-institutional relations: public-private international law dimensions; 9. Interstate relations, economic transactions and private international law; 10. Conclusion.
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