AR3 MAGAZINE

Lex Et Veritas

Stage One of the U.N. Action Plan For Libya

November 2017

Azza Kamel Maghur Nearly two years ago, representatives from Libya’s rival factions met in Skhirat, Morocco, and signed on 17 December 2015 a UN-brokered agreement to form a national unity government. This agreement was welcomed by the international community, but was long jeopardized by internal disputes, in particular over Article 8 of the ‘additional provisions’.…

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When Does The Libyan Political Agreement Expire?

September 2017

Ghassan Salamé, Head of the UN Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL) is preparing an amendment to the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA), the internationally-backed roadmap for creating a unified Libyan government., My hope is that this article will help draw the U.N.s attention towards critical legal issues surrounding this process. The House of Representatives: The Libyan…

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Tempered Optimism: Africa in 2017

May 2017

Pieter Steyn Pieter Steyn is Chairman of LEX Africa and Director of Werksmans Attorneys in South Africa. He is Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Antitrust Committee, and a member of the Competition Law Committee of the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. He is a specialist in South African corporate and competition law, corporate…

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OPIC: Catalyzing Public Private Partnerships

November 2016

In recent years, the global community has tackled some of the world’s biggest development challenges. Significant progress has been made in identifying policy priorities and in agreeing to some specific approaches. Consider the following developments: In 2015 leaders from nearly 200 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlined a set of global…

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What’s Hindering African Infrastructure Boom?

November 2016

Any debate regarding the role of infrastructure development in driving economic growth is now settled. Policymakers from across the political spectrum accept that, when done properly, it will provide a short term economic stimulus and drive growth in the long term. The McKinsey Global Institute recently estimated the rate of return at around 20 cents…

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Africa’s Sukuk Market

April 2016

The comparative resilience of Islamic banks during the 2008 financial crisis sparked a renewed global interest in Islamic finance. Since then, African governments, especially those with large Muslim populations, have introduced significant new legislation aimed at promoting Islamic finance.  In the wake of the Arab Spring, Tunisia and Egypt have witnessed a rise in such…

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BITs: Weapons of Legal Destruction?

April 2016

AR3:  What are bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and how wide-spread is the use of such treaties internationally and among African countries? GKIII: BITs are treaties for the protection of foreign investment. There are now around 3,500 BITs (and multilateral investment treaties) in the world, the vast majority of which were entered into in the last…

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