Negotiating Regional Order: The Economic Partnership Agreements between the European Union and Southern Africa

Lorenz, Ulrike

In her dissertation, Ulrike Lorenz explores the space-defining effects of the trade talks between the European Union and the member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in the framework of the post-Lomé Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The new WTO rules made it impossible to maintain the old system of trade preferences regarding the ACP countries. The EU is now renegotiating the EU-ACP relations block by block. This process has considerable effects on the concerned states’ policies of regional integration; partly with the result of undermining or hindering these efforts. This project is conducted in cooperation with colleagues in Stellenbosch (TRALAC) and under the co-supervision of Colin McCarthy. The PhD project by Ulrike Lorenz was funded by the German Collaborative Research Centre (SFB 700) and has been successfully finalized in 2010 with the thesis defence in June 2011. The Leipzig supervisor was Ulf Engel.