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Crossing the Competition Rubicon: Internationalising African Antitrust Through COMESA

September 04, 2013

By ANDREAS STARGARD

Antitrust publications were abuzz with “COMESA” in recent months. Yet, neither the decades-old pan-African organisation nor its Competition Regulations are novel. What’s new is that COMESA’s Competition Commission has "nally -- and suddenly -- opened its doors and begun operations, already having reviewed two merger "lings. This paper examines the economic advantages of COMESA for the region, analyses its role as a multi-national enforcement body, and identi"es the pitfalls the agency will face in its inaugural year.

This article originally appeared in HORIZONS / Concurrences Law Journal (vol. 03-2013) Institute of Competition Law.