Research Workshop on Harmonisation of Economic Law
In August 2015, the TGCL, on behalf of the University of Dar es Salaam and the University of Bayreuth (Germany), organised a Research Workshop in Dar es Salaam, entitled “Eastern African Common Legal Space in Economic Law: State of the Art and Future Perspectives, with Consideration of the European Experience”. It was funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.
The workshop brought together senior and junior legal scholars from the East African Community (EAC) Partner States, Canada and Europe to share ideas and debate on matters relating to the harmonisation of economic laws, from the perspectives of the EAC and the European Union (EU). This was with a view to guiding the development of consensus among Partner States in the EAC on economic policy, which is necessary for successful regional economic integration.
The papers presented highlighted the impact of the law of regional economic communities on national laws, as well as obstacles that national laws pose to regional integration. The workshop reaffirmed that harmonisation of economic laws is a central instrument for achieving the goals of economic integration, which are effective free movement of goods, services, persons and capital, in order to bring about a conducive climate for investments from and in the region, and sustainable economic growth and welfare for the people of the region. The workshop offered an important opportunity for valuable exchange and mutual learning among the participants which may serve as a starting point for further collaboration.