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Global Trading Rules and Deindustrialization in Africa: James Gathii

Professor James Gathii, Loyola-Chicago University presents the Annual International Law Lecture of the WCIA and Welsh Law Schools, with Dr Celine Tan (Warwick), discussant. 

Our Law and Global Justice Research Group welcomes eminent Professor, James Gathii to Cardiff  to present the Annual International Law Lecture of the Welsh Centre for International Affairs (WCIA), co-hosted with the law schools in Wales and the South West.

Professor James Gathii is Professor of International Law at Loyola University Chicago.  He has a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and practice in the field of international human rights and trade which has made a lasting impact on law and policy in Africa and around the world.

The lecture, which will take place in Cardiff’s Temple of Peace, historic home of the WCIA on 21 November, addressed the way in which global trading rules are contributing to Africa’s deindustrialization and what can been done about it. Professor Gathii will be joined by Dr. Celine Tan, an expert in international economic law from Warwick Law School.

This year’s lecture is particularly timely in the aftermath of Brexit, given the need for the UK to engage in trade negotiations with developing countries on its own account. On a more local level the lecture is also relevant given the passage of the Well Being of Future Generations Act this year by the Welsh Assembly. This obliges public bodies in Wales to adhere to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to act in a ‘globally responsible’ way.

The lecture was well attended by students, academics, representatives from Welsh Government, legal practitioners, European Commission (Wales Office) staff and guests including Sir Malcolm Pill, former Lord Justice of Appeal, Cat Jones, Head of the Hub CymruAfrica Partnership and Ffion Storer, Fair Trade Wales. Dr Tara Smith, lecturer in international law, attended with a group of students from Bangor University Law School.