The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Regional Integration, and Trade Policy

Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2024


Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society present, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law’s International Law Group and the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law: 


The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Regional Integration, and Trade Policy 


Dr. Melaku Desta


Thursday, January 15, 2024
at 11:30 ET
Fauteux Hall, Room 302
57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON 


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Join us for conversation on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), regional integration and trade policy with Dr. Melaku Desta from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa 


About the Speaker

Dr Melaku Geboye Desta is the coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD), UNECA, and Addis Ababa. Prior to that, Melaku was Principal Regional Advisor (ECA), Senior Technical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer (APRM Secretariat), Professor of International Economic Law (Leicester De Montfort School of Law, UK), and lecturer/senior lecturer and reader in international economic law at the University of Dundee, Scotland. A native of Ethiopia, Melaku Desta is a lawyer by training and holds a Ph.D. degree specializing in international economic law. Melaku has published widely in the fields of African and international economic law and policy in general and agriculture and natural resources in particular. Melaku has consulted for a number of international organizations and national governments and served as an arbitrator in international disputes. 


This event will be in person. 
This is a free event, open to everyone. However, registration is required.  


A lunch will be offered.

This event will be in English only. The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken. 

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