SOAS University of London

School of Law

Dr Jonathan Bashi

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

Post Doctoral 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
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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.


Bashi Rudahindwa, Jonathan (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.