1st Edition

The East African Community
Intraregional Integration and Relations with the EU

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ISBN 9780367616090
May 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book brings together African and European experts from a variety of disciplines to examine the origins and current state of the East African Community (EAC). Over the course of the book the authors analyse the rich tapestry of intraregional relations in East Africa, the EAC’s similarities with the European Union, and the future challenges faced by the organisation.

Widely regarded as the most advanced and successful regional integration scheme in Africa, the EAC is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and, since 2016, South Sudan. It is the oldest among Africa’s regional economic communities, and among the continent’s most promising growth areas, with a long history of integration, punctuated by several false starts and traumas that have profoundly affected its body politics. When initially set up, the EAC model bore a striking resemblance to the process undergone by the European Union. Now, as the EAC continues to establish its own identity, this book argues that whilst Europe’s history may provide useful insights for EAC member states, the EAC experience could in turn also offer lessons for the European Union.

Covering key dimensions such as integration, cooperation, development, trade and investments, this book highlights the intricate and complex relationships between East African states, and it will be of interest to researchers working on economic development, international relations, peace and security, and African studies.

Table of Contents


Amb. Libérat Mfumukeko

Introduction: A Journey Towards Regional Integration

Jean-Marc Trouille

Part 1: History and Legal Structures

1. Rethinking the Collapse of the First East African Community 1977: Lessons for the EU

Asteris Huliaras and Sophia Kalantzakos

2. Contrasting Political Systems and the Challenge of Regional Integration: Uganda Versus the Rest in the EAC

Charles Amone

3. Regulating the EAC: The Origins, Jurisdiction and Authority of the East African Court of Justice

Helen Trouille

Part 2: The Economics of Integration

4. An Analysis of Trade Trends in Africa: the EU and China in East Africa

Lynette Odondi

5. The East African Community: Strong Dimensions, Weak Dimensions and Challenges

José Mella

6. Legal and Institutional Framework for Equitable Distribution of FDI in the EAC

Elvis Mbembe Binda

Part 3: Politics of Integration

7. Why the EU is Not Enough: EU Member States’ Bilateral Promotion of Regional Integration in the East African Community

Harrison Kalunga Mwilima

8. The EAC and the Burundi Crisis: The East African Standby Force as an Instrument for Security Integration

Gérard Birantamije

9. South Sudan: Challenges and Opportunities as a Member State of the EAC

Dirk Hansohm

Part 4: Social Integration and Civil Society

10. Social Integration of the EAC: Migration, Education, Normative Power and Human Rights

Penine Uwimbabazi

11. Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Civil Society and other Non-Government Organisations Fostering Regional Integration: The Case of the EAC

Julaina Obika and Moses Onyango


Amb. Roeland van de Geer


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Jean-Marc Trouille is Jean Monnet Professor in European Economic Integration at the University of Bradford, UK, and the Principal Investigator of the EU Commission’s Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union, Africa and China in the Global Age’ (EU-EAC).

Helen Trouille is Senior Lecturer in Law at York St John University, UK, and EU Commission Independent Expert for Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowships, DG Research & Innovation.

Penine Uwimbabazi is Professor of Policy Analysis and Conflict Transformation and Deputy Vice Chancellor for academics at the Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS) in Huye, Rwanda.