ABSTRACT

The monograph provides a study of regionalism in the context of Africa and investigates the various ways in which law can be used to address the particular issues raised by regional schemes across the continent. Development occupies a prominent place in regional initiatives across the continent and appears to be the ultimate objective which motivates African states to engage in regional integration processes. The methodology adopted in the monograph combines both a doctrinal analysis of legal texts and legal norms and a critical approach to regionalism. Rather than focusing solely on the various legal processes that arise from regional integration initiatives, the methodology used throughout the monograph highlights both the particular circumstances in which these processes were developed and the specific context within which they are expected to operate. The adoption of a regional legal framework is suitable to promote economic development on the continent in light of the particular needs of the African economies.