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11 Afr. J. Legal Stud. 1 (2018-2019)

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             AFRICAN JOURNAL OF LEGAL STUDIES 11 (2018) 1-32      AFRIN
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The Short Happy Life of the SAD C Tribunal: the

Perils of Regional Integration in Southern Africa

        MwizaJo Nkhata, LL.D
        Free State Centre for Human Rights, University of the Free State, South


Under the Treaty Establishing the Southern African Development Community (the
Treaty) one of the institutions of the Southern African Development Community
(SADC) was the Southern African Development Community Tribunal (the Tribunal).
The Tribunal was established as the sole judicial organ of SADC. The Tribunal was es-
tablished as part of the reorganisation of regional integration efforts within Southern
Africa. The global atmosphere prevailing at the time the Tribunal was established, to-
gether with the lofty statements in the SADC's founding instruments, suggest that there
was a regional commitment to the ideals of human rights, rule of law and democracy
among SADC member States. The Tribunal's life, however, was short-lived. This paper
analyses the prospects and lessons for regional integration within the SADC region
from the perspective of the disbanding of the Tribunal and attempts to decipher the
implications of the disbanding for regional integration in Southern Africa.


regional integration - SADC Tribunal - international law -jurisdiction - human rights

I       Introduction

One of the institutions of the Southern African Development Community
(SADC), as per article 9(g) of the Treaty Establishing the Southern
African Development Community, (the SADC Treaty or the Treaty) is the

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