SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Jonathan Bashi

LLB (Kinshasa); LLM (Indiana)
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Jonathan Bashi
School of Law

Research Associate

Dr Jonathan Bashi
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Thesis title:
Regional Developmentalism and the Use of Law to Support the Establishment of an African Economic Community


Jonathan Bashi Rudahindwa currently teaches General Commercial Law (OHADA), Foreign Exchange Regulations, Investment Law and OHADA and Regional Integration in Africa at Université Protestante au Congo (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo). From 2014 to 2016 he was involved (as teaching assistant) in the Law and Development, and Legal Systems of Asia and Africa courses within the School of Law. His scholarship focuses mainly on the correlation between law, regional integration and socio-economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research interests include regional and national industrial policies in Africa; the social dimensions of regional integration; the political economy of African regional integration initiatives, including the African Union, the Continental Free Trade Area and the African Economic Community; and the development of a nuanced methodological approach to regional integration in Africa named “regional developmentalism through law”. Bashi Rudahindwa graduated from Université Protestante au Congo in 2008 (LLB); Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law in 2011 (LLM); and SOAS, University of London in 2016 (PhD). He worked in the private sector in D.R. Congo before entering academia.

PhD Research

Focusing on the Treaty of Abuja, which was adopted in 1991 and provides for the establishment of an African Economic Community aimed at the coordination and the harmonisation of policies between various Regional Economic Communities (RECs) across the African continent, this research offers a study of regionalism in Africa and investigates the various ways in which law can be used to address the particular issues raised by regional processes on the continent. In particular, and given the prominent place that the achievement of development occupies in the majority of regional schemes across Africa, the research seeks to identify the specific manner in which law can be used to strengthen the African RECs while ensuring that they achieve their goal of promoting regional development across the continent.


Authored book

Bashi Rudahindwa, J. (2018) Regional Developmentalism Through International Law: Establishing an African Economic Community, New York; London: Routledge.

Journal articles

Bashi Rudahindwa, J. (2018) ‘OHADA and the Making of Transnational Commercial Law in Africa’, Law and Development Review, 11(2), pp.371-395

Bashi Rudahindwa, J. (2012) ‘From Port-Louis to Panama and Washington DC: Two Regional Approaches to International Commercial Arbitration’, European Journal of Law Reform, 14(1), pp.44-64.


“OHADA, A Regional Legal System to Support Economic Integration in Africa” Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law Second Annual Conference, 18-19 May 2013

“The Role of Integration Through Law in African RTAs” ESRC Seminar Series 1st Workshop, Free Trade Agreements in a Changing Landscape of Global Governance, Keele University, 22 and 23 January 2015

“The Role of Integration Through Law in African RTAs” SOAS School of Law PhD Colloquium, 21 May 2015


Fellow of the Dickson Poon Transnational Law Institute, King's College London

Member of the London International Development Centre (LIDC)

Member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)



OHADA, EU Law, Economic Integration, International Trade Law.