The African Society of International Law (AfSIL) is pleased to announce that the tenth annual
conference of the Society will take place on 29 and 30 October 2021.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Africa and International Trade Law.”

Africa’s external trade relations with the rest of the world has historically been defined by the export of commodities and natural resources and the import of finished products. The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) is a potential game-changer. Launched on the first of January this year, the AfCFTA creates the largest global free trade area since the World Trade Organization (WTO). It connects over 1.4 billion people across 55 countries with a combined GDP of over $3 trillion. It holds the promise of lifting 30 million out of extreme poverty.

Against this backdrop, AfSIL’s tenth annual conference will explore the trends, dynamics, opportunities and challenges of international trade law in Africa. The conference aims to bring together prominent academics, policy makers, practitioners, jurists, and experts to address the critical issues of international law and policy pertaining to the AfCFTA and African trade from diverse perspectives.


Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2021

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