This posts summarises preliminary results of my analysis of treaty commitments in the African Union. The assessment is part of a research project for the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) that explores the behaviour of authoritarian countries in the African continental integration project.
In a new draft paper prepared for the 59th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (ISA) in San Francisco, we examine why authoritarian regimes in Africa formally support and ratify continental provisions aimed at democracy-promotion. Here's the abstract.
A well-received piece on plurilateral trade agreements and their place in Britain's Brexit strategy. First published on 16 January with the UK Trade Forum.
Intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (BITs) are an esoteric issue, but the recent controversy over these agreements is likely to affect future negotiations on investment protection. This post explores the Achmea case before the CJEU and the positioning of key actors on intra-EU BITs.
The world of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) is rapidly evolving: governments increasingly negotiate on the bilateral and regional level. This activity has created a complex web of PTAs spanning the globe. Economics professor Jagdish Baghwati likened the phenomenon to a “spaghetti bowl” in the early 1990s. Since then, new waves of preferential trade negotiations have swept over different regions, leading... Continue Reading →
Fabian’s PhD thesis examines how the debates between trade experts in Committees of the World Trade Organization (WTO) shape the interpretation of multilateral trade agreements and, therefore, Member States’ national regulatory autonomy. The project investigates empirically and theoretically how the discursive interactions between committee members can lead to the creation (and contestation) of shared ideas... Continue Reading →
The current issue of Nueva Sociedad contains our new article titled "Malestar en el libre comercio: Un nuevo rol para la OMC", which was jointly written with Clara Weinhardt. A shorter and more pointed version of our argument in English is available in International Politics and Society. Find the full text of the Spanish version... Continue Reading →
What can we glean about the government’s plans from its new white paper on trade? Not much, says Fabian Bohnenberger (King’s College London). The paper is frustratingly short on detail and suggests plans are still in their early stages. While the commitment to give developing countries preferential access to the UK market is commendable, the sections... Continue Reading →
This week I am officially starting my PhD in International Political Economy research at King's College London. I am really happy that the application process has worked out so well and that I am also part of the 1st cohort of the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP) with funding by the... Continue Reading →