Dear learners

This course looks at the legal and institutional framework for regional integration within the African context. Regional integration is not a new phenomenon. It has taken different forms and shapes before the current determination that is defined in terms of an institutional and a legal framework. African countries have been key drivers of the new global spree of regional integration. Consequently, Africa has taken its place on the global stage, mainly because of the 8 Regional Economic Communities (RECs) that continue to evolve in both economic and political terms. This has been made possible notwithstanding the myriad political and economic constraints that will be outlined in this course. The point is that if Africa is to participate effectively in the global economy, the continent has to undergo regulatory upgrading, for a more accessible international trading environment.


At the end of this course, learners should be equipped with knowledge covering the following:

§  Demonstrate understanding of the institutional and legal framework for regional integration

§  Analyse the legal regimes of Africa’s major economic trading partners and their impacts

§   Identify and apply the appropriate models for regional integration in Africa

§  Contribute to the structuring, writing and presentation of legal and policy reports

§  Derive lectures from setbacks and successes of regional integration