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Trade liberalisation as facilitated through trade agreements within the Southern African region: An instrument in the realisation of socio-economic rights

Volume: Volume 8(1) - 2004

Article type: Refereed article

Author/s: Lenaghan, Patricia

Patricia Lenaghan evaluates the probable fulfilment of socio-economic rights resulting from economic growth experienced in the Southern African region. She considers the aims and objectives of various multilateral and bilateral agreements in the region, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), and concludes that, despite the pre-eminent role afforded to trade is, the protection of human rights is also given prominence.

In her view it is clear that, if appropriately applied, instruments of economic growth can be employed to ensure the protection and enhancement of socio-economic rights in the Southern African region.

About the author/s

Patricia Lenaghan

Patricia Lenaghan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mercantile and Labour Law where she specialises in international trade law, regional integration and development as well as European Union law.

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