Territoriality of Intellectual Property Systems and Intellectual Property Protection under the EAC Common Market

Introduction Intellectual Property (IP) protection systems in the EAC embrace the principle of territoriality in the protection of all aspects of IP. The principle of territoriality of IP systems entails…

Enhancing Performance Auditing in Regional Economic Communities: A Case Study of the EAC

1. Introduction Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are established to achieve various goals, but almost all are established for economic purposes and to reduce, if not eliminate, all intra-trade barriers.[1] The…

The Ongoing Expansion of the EAC and the People-Centered Principle of Integration

An Introduction to the East African Community On 24 November 2023, Somalia joined the East African Community (EAC),[1] making the EAC have a total of eight partner States: Tanzania, Kenya,…

Highlights of 2023: End-of-Year Review

Introduction In the vibrant tapestry of African legal and political developments in 2023, the African Legal Studies Blog has captured critical developments, weaving together the diverse threads of historical and…

Somalia Becomes the Eighth Member of the EAC – Back to the Roots?

The time has come! On 24 November 2023, the heads of state and government of the East African Community (EAC) approved Somalia’s accession. Thus, Somalia will become the eighth member…

Interference of Politicians in the Civil Servant Recruitment Process in Somalia

Introduction  Since its independence in 1960, Somalia has experienced numerous forms of administration. Civil governance, military rule, and the establishment of a federal government system. However, each era had its…

Change Through Trade? East African Community Starts Accession Negotiations with Somalia

The East African Community (EAC) is one of the fastest-growing regional economic blocs in the world. It currently comprises seven partner states, including Congo (since 2022), the Republic of Burundi,…

The Impact of Conflict on Marginalized Communities in Somalia: A Human Rights Perspective

Introduction The impact of conflict on marginalized communities in Somalia is a crucial issue that needs to be discussed from a human rights perspective. Conflict often aggravates existing inequalities and…

A popular uprising as a game changer? Somalia’s fight against Al Shabab terror

In the shadow of world political events, one of the biggest offensives against terror in over a decade and a half is currently taking place in Somalia. For almost two…

Launch of the Asli-Ahmed-Award

On 19th November 2022, the africanlegalstudies.blog launched the Asli-Ahmed-Award in close cooperation with the Verein für Entwicklung und humanitäre Hilfe Somalias e.V. Thanks to the gracious support of the Verein…