September 21, 2010

Continuing Legal Education: Legal Challenges in African Development and Their Impact on U.S. Policies to Promote Trade and Human Rights

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Over the past decade a number of African countries have made important strides in improving their economies.  Higher rates of economic growth are contributing to poverty alleviation in this poorest region of the world.  Increased regional and global integration, coupled with reduced levels of conflict, are making sub-Saharan Africa a more appealing venue for foreign investment.

A number of serious legal and institutional barriers, however, continue to deter economic development and the advancement of human rights in sub-Saharan Africa.  Insecure property and tenure rights drive conflict, contribute to human rights violations, stifle agricultural productivity, and lead to environmental degradation.  In addition, government corruption deters economic investment and growth and perpetuates human rights abuses