Poster for the event The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Regional Integration, and Trade Policy


Open AIR and the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society present, in collaboration with the Faculty of Law’s International Law Group and the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law: 

About the Speaker

Dr Melaku Geboye Desta is the coordinator of the African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC), Regional Integration and Trade Division (RITD), UNECA, and Addis Ababa. Prior to that, Melaku was Principal Regional Advisor (ECA), Senior Technical Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer (APRM Secretariat), Professor of International Economic Law (Leicester De Montfort School of Law, UK), and lecturer/senior lecturer and reader in international economic law at the University of Dundee, Scotland. A native of Ethiopia, Melaku Desta is a lawyer by training and holds a Ph.D. degree specializing in international economic law. Melaku has published widely in the fields of African and international economic law and policy in general and agriculture and natural resources in particular. Melaku has consulted for a number of international organizations and national governments and served as an arbitrator in international disputes. 

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Date and time
Feb 15, 2024
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A lunch will be offered.
Format and location
In person
Fauteux Hall (FTX), room 302
57 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON
This event will be in English only. The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.
General public
This is a free event, open to everyone. However, registration is required.