Regional Integration as an Instrument of Human Rights: Reconceptualizing ECOWAS

Acknowledging the classic conflict between the trade and human right regimes, this article argues that the realities of the least developed regions create an instance where the fundamental motivation for economic integration regimes, such as ECOWAS, is not at odds with the human rights principle. Rather, such economic integration regimes are in themselves the very mechanism for the achievement of human rights as conceptualized within the normative framework of the African human rights system.


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