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Elisabeth Opie

International Technology Lawyer

Elisabeth Opie, International Technology Lawyer, has almost 20 years' international experience in the global innovation system.

Elisabeth Opie

International Technology Lawyer

Elisabeth Opie
Technology. International Business.
Dispute resolution. Policy.

Barer Strasse 1
80333 Munich, Germany

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Direct Line: +49 89 7407 6457
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Elisabeth Opie BA LLB(Hons) LLM GAICD has almost 20 years’ international experience in the global innovation system. Holding senior legal and executive positions, Elisabeth has worked with industry, spin-offs, research organisations and government. She has extensive experience in international business transactions, policy advice, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. Her legal and executive experience has been developed across sectors such as IT, automotive, aerospace, health and energy. Elisabeth has experience in both non-contentious and contentious matters.

Elisabeth has received a number of awards in the field of international science and technology, including Business and Strategy Excellence Awards, and was the inaugural Global Research Alliance Fellow.

 



Relevant experience

  • Providing policy advice and advocacy relating to several standard setting and development organisations, including for ETSI, ITU, ISO and IEC, DVB and IEEE.
  • Advising a major technology developer on issues related to the licensing of globally successful audio technology.
  • Preparing submissions for a global technology developer in response to government reviews and calls for public comments encompassing patents, standards, competition law and international trade.
  • Advising a world leader in precision testing on intellectual property aspects, as part of the design, manufacture and sale of a new product.
  • Preparing and executing on a negotiation strategy for the implementation of advanced audio technology.
  • Translating the Mediation Rules of a German Chamber of Industry and Commerce into English, as a specialist in alternative dispute resolution.
 

Career & qualifications

Elisabeth Opie BA LLB(Hons) LLM GAICD is based in Munich and is a qualified solicitor (Australia, and England and Wales), and is admitted as a European lawyer (europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland (EuRAG)).

Admissions and Membership
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria
  • Entered in the Register of Practitioners of the High Court of Australia
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • European lawyer (europäischer Rechtsanwälte in Deutschland (EuRAG))
  • Member of the Rechtsanwaltskammer für den Oberlandesgerichtsbezirk München, The Law Institute of Victoria, and The Law Society of England and Wales
Appointments

Standing Committee on Standards and Patents, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI)), Australian National Group.

Legal and Governance Qualifications
  • Master of Commercial Law, University of Melbourne, Australia with a focus on international business
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australia
  • Master of Laws, University of Melbourne, Australia with a focus on intellectual property law and international trade law
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Deakin University, Australia
  • Qualified Lawyers’ Transfer Scheme (England and Wales)
 

Awards and citations

Strategic Excellence Award 2008

Lead counsel for the restructure of a major international joint venture. The team’s work resulted in reduced complexities of joint governance while retaining strong scientific cooperation, and the re-integration of capability (staff, assets and intellectual property).

Corporate Business Excellence Award 2005

International business (protection, defence, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights), including customer relationship management, technology transfer, and marketing and business development.

Corporate Learning Culture Award 2005

Awarded for the promotion of practices for more effective learning from experience and sharing knowledge.

Australian In-House Lawyer Young Achiever of the Year (ACLA) 2003

The award recognises competence in and commitment to the field of law, along with leadership and managerial qualities.

Business Excellence Award 2002

Presented by the Minister for Science for outstanding commercial performance as part of a global team, relating to ground-breaking extended wear contact lens technology.

 

Publications

Publications
  • ‘Bergsten’s Mark on the Law’s International Reasonable Person‘ in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution S. Kröll, L. Mistelis, P. Perales Viscasillas and V. M. Rogers (eds), 2011, Kluwer 2011
  • Book Review: International Commercial Arbitration Volumes 1 and 2 by Gary Born, (2010) 14(2) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law & Arbitration
  • Book Review: The Law of Damages in International Sales: The CISG and Other International Instruments by Djakhongir Saidov (2009) 13(1) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law & Arbitration
  • ‘The Principle of Remediation’ in Sharing International Commercial Law across National Boundaries‘ Festschrift for Professor Albert Kritzer (C.B. Anderson and U. Schroeter (eds)), 2008 C.B. Anderson and U. Schroeter (eds), 2008, Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing (London)
  • Book Review: ‘A Practical Guide to International Arbitration in London’ by Hilary Heilbron QC 12(2) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law & Arbitration Joint review by Emilia Onyema and Elisabeth Opie (2008)
  • ‘Use of UNIDROIT Principles to help interpret Article 77 UN Convention for the International Sale of Goods’ in An International Approach to the Interpretation of the UN CISG (1980) as Uniform Sales Law; available at http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cisg/principles/uni77.html Felemegas, J (ed), Cambridge University Press, 2006
  • ‘The Economics of ADR: Is ODR the Next Efficiency?’ Journal of Alternate Dispute Resolution (Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts of India) - reprint of paper delivered at The Third Annual United Nations Forum on Online Dispute Resolution, 2004, Melbourne
  • ‘Professional Development of Inhouse Counsel’ (2004) 7(7) Inhouse Counsel 75
  • ‘So, you’re an in-house counsel. What now?’ (2004) 194 Lawyers Weekly, 4 June 2004; republished for Nixon Peabody LLP (Washington), January 2006
  • ‘Foreword, Zapata Hermanos Sucesores, S.A. v. Hearthside Baking Co.’ (2002) 6(1) Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration
Lectures
  • Associate Professor, Institut für Anwaltsrechts der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin International Summer School on Alternative Dispute Resolution – a joint program with Tulane University School of Law, 2014 - present
  • Guest Lecturer 2007 – Monash University Master of Business Administration
  • Guest Lecturer 2002 – 2006 Monash University Master of Laws Program: ‘Current Issues in Electronic Commerce Law’
  • Guest Lecturer 2005 Deakin University Undergraduate Law Program: ‘International Commercial Law’
Panels and Presentations
  • Panelist, ETSI Workshop on Open Source and Standardisation: Legal Interaction 16 September 2016, Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Panelist, Made in China 2025 versus Industrie 4.0, ‘Managing Disputes between Chinese and German business partners’ 8 June 2016, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Panelist, Patents in Telecoms, ‘Injunctions’ 5 - 6 November 2015, Washington D.C., USA
  • Panelist, Generations in Arbitration, ‘Cost and Effectiveness’ 15 March 2010, Hong Kong
  • Panelist, International Chamber of Commerce – Australasian Forum for International Arbitration joint symposium 20 March 2010, Hong Kong
  • Chairperson, ‘Towards Conformity: MAA Conference in Honour of Peter Schlechtriem’ sponsored by UNCITRAL and Chinese University 13 March 2010, Hong Kong
  • Panelist / Chair of Generations in Arbitration conferences 2006 - 2009, Hong Kong and Vienna
  • Presenter, ACICA Conference, ‘Controlling the Arbitration Process’, International Commercial Arbitration – Efficient, Effective and Economical? 4 December 2009, Melbourne, Australia
  • Presenter, LegalWise Seminar: ‘Protecting yourself when advising Executives and the Board – James Hardie and risk management for in-house counsel’ 10 September 2009, Melbourne, Australia
  • Chairperson, ‘Issues on the CISG Horizon: Conference in Honour of Peter Schlechtriem’ 2 April 2009, Vienna – Opening remarks published in the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (August 2009)
  • Panelist / Chair of Australasian Forum for International Arbitration Symposia 2005 - 2010, Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore
  • Presenter, Legalwise Seminar: Meeting the Challenges of In-House Counsel, ‘How to position the Legal Function as an essential part of your Business’ 22 May 2008, Melbourne, Australia
  • Presenter, The Third Annual United Nations Forum on online Dispute Resolution, hosted by the International Conflict Resolution Centre at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, 'The Economics of ADR: is ODR the Next Efficiency?' 5 - 6 July 2004, Melbourne, Australia
  • Presenter, Vienna International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber and the MAA, ‘Electronic Commerce and its Growing Importance in Law and Business’ 22 March 2002, Vienna, Austria
  • Presenter, World Intellectual Property Organisation, Second Internet Domain Name Process, ‘International Non-proprietary Names and Domain Names’ 24 May 2001, Melbourne, Australia

Marco Lo Bue

Senior Associate

Marco Lo Bue PhD LLM focuses on intellectual property and competition law, especially in high-tech and standardised technologies. Marco has extensive experience in several industries .

Marco Lo Bue

Senior Associate

Elisabeth Opie
Technology. International Business.
Dispute resolution. Policy.

Barer Strasse 1
80333 Munich, Germany

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Direct Line: +49 89 9213 9155
Mobile: +49 176 2053 7737
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Marco Lo Bue PhD LLM focuses on intellectual property and competition law, especially in high-tech and standardised technologies.

Having worked in an award winning international law firm, he has extensive experience in several industries including information technology, telecom, automotive, pharmaceutical and medical devices as well as energy, fashion, eyewear and financial services. He has appeared in proceedings before the European Commission, national courts and competition authorities.

As a former legal advisor to a Commissioner at the Italian Competition Authority and as a member of the IP Working Group established therein, he has developed significant expertise in policy making, public relations and project management.




Relevant experience

  • Assisting clients from the ICT sector in the negotiation of licensing agreements involving standard-essential patents.
  • Advising major companies in the fashion, eyewear and automotive industries on the implementation of selective distribution systems.
  • Preparing and implementing antitrust compliance programs for several firms across different industries, including energy and financial services.
  • Filing mergers and acquisitions before the European Commission and National Competition Authorities.
  • Representing clients in antitrust investigations before the European Commission and National Competition Authorities.
  • Filing actions for damages on behalf of companies harmed by infringements of IP and competition law

 

Career & qualifications

Legal Qualifications

Marco Lo Bue PhD LLM is a qualified lawyer admitted to the bar in Italy (“Avvocato”), and a Member of the Rechtsanwaltskammer für den Oberlandesgerichtsbezirk München (EuRAG).

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP), Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Germany

PhD in Law (Dr.jur.), Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy

Appointments

Non-Governmental Advisor to the International COmpetition Network appointed by the Italian Competition Authority.


 

Awards and citations

Legalcommunity Corporate M&A Awards 2017

Member of a team which was awarded as the “Competition Italian Antitrust Firm of the Year”. The judging panel awarded the prize for the winning mix of technical skill, experience and availability.

Publications

“The High Court Judgment on Unwired Planet vs. Huawei Narrows the Scope of Competition Law Defence in SEP Litigation”, in Italian Antitrust Review, 2017

“Patent Holdup and Holdout Under the New IEEE's IP Policy: Are These Breaches of Competition Law?”, in MIPLC Master Thesis Series (SSRN), 2017. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2885364 

“Are These Cartels? Price Guidelines Adopted by Standard Setting Organisations”, in Journal of European Competition Law and Practitioners, 2016

“Trasferimenti di diritti tecnologici, accordi transattivi e aggregazioni di brevetti nel Regolamento (UE) n. 316/2014”, in Federalismi.it, 2015

“The Commission Decisions on Samsung and Motorola: antitrust effects of licensing out “SEPs””, in Italian Antitrust Review, 2015

“From Fiscal Compact to the United States of Europe: Some Remarks on a Difficult Pathway”, in The Digest N.I.A.B.A. Law Journal, 2014

“Crisi economica e trasformazione delle istituzioni europee”, G. Giappichelli Editore – Torino, 2013 (PhD thesis; http://www.giappichelli.it/crisi-economica-e-trasformazione-delle-istituzioni-europee,3483598)

“Il "guinzaglio di Karlsruhe" e la sentenza del Bundesverfassungsgericht sul piano degli aiuti alla Grecia”, in Nuove Autonomie, 2012

“La crisi del debito greco e la reazione dell'Unione”, in Quaderni costituzionali, 2011

“Stato e mercato: un nuovo assetto dopo la crisi?”, in Rivista giuridica del Mezzogiorno, 2010

Lachlan Scully

Paralegal

Lachlan Scully (LLB) is a Paralegal assisting with IP licensing, including the global licensing of standard essential patents, dispute resolution, and international IP policy advice. 

Lachlan Scully

Paralegal

Elisabeth Opie
Technology. International Business.
Dispute resolution. Policy.

Barer Strasse 1
80333 Munich, Germany

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Lachlan Scully (LLB) is a Paralegal who assists with intellectual property licensing issues, including the global licensing of standard essential patents, dispute resolution, and international IP policy advice.

Utilising the forensic analytical skills and legal research skills acquired whilst practising law as an Australian Solicitor in Melbourne, Australia, Lachlan is assisting clients in the IT, Communications, Aerospace and Biomedical sectors.

 

 




Relevant experience

Lachlan has a wide range of relevant experience in multiple fields having assisted counsel prepare and conduct litigation in the areas of commercial, employment, industrial relations and property law. As an Australian Solicitor, Lachlan also has  experience developing appropriate case strategies and conducting negotiations, having regularly appeared in court as a Solicitor advocate.

Career & qualifications

Legal Qualifications
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria

Awards and citations

Publications

Our Consultants

 

Dr. jur. Agnieszka Kupzok

Consultant

Dr. jur. Agnieszka Kupzok is an expert in law and economics in the field of intellectual property, with over 5 years’ experience in international projects focusing on intellectual property policy.

Dr. jur. Agnieszka Kupzok

Consultant

Elisabeth Opie
Technology. International Business.
Dispute resolution. Policy.

Barer Strasse 1
80333 Munich, Germany

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Direct Line: +49 89 9573 1331
Mobile: +49 178 1855 227
Email Dr. jur. Agnieszka Kupzok

Dr. jur. Agnieszka Kupzok, LLM. IP is an expert in law and economics in the field of intellectual property, with over 5 years’ experience in international projects focusing on intellectual property policy.  Having worked at the European Patent Office and the European Parliament, Agnieszka has experience in international patent policy, public relations, project management and European policy making. With training in economics, law, and public relations, Agnieszka uses interdisciplinary approaches in IP policy development and implementation.

Agnieszka has been awarded several scholarships, most notably the 3-year grant for doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the invitation of the Japanese Government for a research stay in Tokyo.

 



Relevant experience

  • Providing policy advice on IP laws and policies in several European countries.
  • Defining and carrying out public relations’ strategies relating to patent policy.
  • Designing innovation landscapes.
  • Drafting and negotiating bilateral cooperation agreements.
  • Leading an academic project to establish the first interdisciplinary exchange across law and economics divide at a leading French university.
 

Career & qualifications

Legal and Governance Qualifications
  • PhD in Law (Dr.jur.), Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, obtained following completion of the International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS-CI) at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Innovation and Competition
  • Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP), Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and Augsburg University
  • Master in European Politics and Policies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Politics (Honours) and International Economics, The American University of Paris, Paris, France
 

Awards and citations

Scholarships and awards
  • Research stay at the Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo, Japan. Fully funded by the Japanese Patent Office, 2010
  • International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation (IMPRS-CI), Full 3-year PhD Scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
  • Scholarship at the Hertie Foundation for studies at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center Program (LL.M. IP) 2005-2006
  • Diplôme d'honneur at the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) conference 2005-2006
  • Scholarship to attend the American University of Paris, 2000-2004
 

Publications

Monograph
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, Enforcement of patents on geographically divisible inventions: an inquiry into the standard of substantive patent law infringement in cross-border constellations, Peter Lang, 2015.
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, Enforcement of patents on the Internet – challenges, trends, and approaches, Institute of Intellectual Property, Tokyo, Japan, 10 IIP No. 00011208 (2011), Industrial Property Research Promotion Project FY2010.
Articles
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, ‘Human Rights in the Jurisprudence of the European Patent Office’in Geiger, Christophe (Ed.), Human Rights and Intellectual Property: From Concepts to Practice, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, ‘Law and Economics of the unitary patent protection in the European Union - the rebels'viewpoint’EIPR 2014, 418
  • Kupzok A., Pénin J. (2013), ‘Les enjeux économiques du brevet unitaire européen’Bulletin de l’OPEE, http://opee.unistra.fr/spip.php?article292  (Translated into Chinese in Journal of Science, Technology and Law, 2014, 838-847)
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, ‚Patente für computerimplementierte Erfindungen – Herausforderungen bei der Durchsetzung’in Taeger, Jürgen, (Hrsg.), Die Welt im Netz - Folgen für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft; Tagungsband Herbstakademie, Edewecht, 2011
  • Kupzok, A., Sturny-Luder, M., Surblyte, G., ‘Foundations and Limitations of an Economic Approach to Competition Law’ –Conference of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, March 2009, International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 210-220 (2010)
Book reviews
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, Buchbesprechung von Kulhavy, Sava, ‚Erfindungs- und Patentlehre.  Methodik der Behandlung von Erfindungen und Patenten’GRUR Int. Heft 5/2011, 464
  • Kupzok, Agnieszka, Buchbesprechung  Govaere, Inge/ Ullrich, Hanns (Eds.): ‚Geistiges Eigentum, Marktmacht und das öffentliche Interesse – Intellectual Property, Market Power, and the Public Interest’GRUR Int Heft 6/2010, 542
Lectures
  • Guest Lecturer 2014 CEIPI, Strasbourg, France, ‘Law and Economics of Trade Secrets’ – MIPLM (Professional Masters Curriculum)
  • Guest Lecturer 2013 CEIPI, Strasbourg, France
    • WIPO/CEIPI/INPI Course: Module on ‘Economic Perspectives on Geographical Indications of Origin’
    • MIPLM (Professional Masters Curriculum): Module on ‘Law and Economics of Trade Secrets’
  • Adjunct Professor 2013 the American University of Paris, France, ‘International Law and IP’ – Law Practicum
  • Invited Lecturer 2012 ELSA Lithuania Summer School, Vilnius, Lithuania. ‘European Patent Law’ and ‘Enforcement of Patents in a Digital Environment – Highlights’
  • Expert Invited Lecturer 2012, Institute for Information and Business Law (Prof. Dreier) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany, ‘Patentability of computer-implemented inventions in Europe’
  • Guest Lecturer 2009 International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation, Munich, Germany, ‘Introduction to Intellectual Property Law’.
Panels and Presentations
  • XII Conference of the Alumni Association of Magister Lucentinus, Guest Speaker, ‘Law and Economics of the unitary patent system in Europe’ Barcelona, Spain, October 2014
  • 8th WIPO Advanced IP Research Forum, ‘The Role of Institutions in Improving Patent Valuation’Geneva, Switzerland, May 2014
  • EIPIN Conference, Panellist, ‘Unitary Patent’Alicante, Spain, January 2014
  • European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) Conference, ‘Law and Economics of the unitary patent protection in the European Union - the rebels' viewpoint’ (peer reviewed)Paris, France, September 2013
  • Summer School on ‘Economics and Strategic Management of Intellectual Property’Bologna, Italy, June 2013. Selected participant and presenter
  • XI Conference of the Alumni Association of Magister Lucentinus, Guest Speaker, ‘Law and Economics of Geographical Indications of Origin’Parma, Italy, March 2013
  • German Foundation for Law and Informatics (DSRI) Annual Conference, ‘Patents on computer-implemented inventions’Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany, September 2011
  • Young Researchers’ Workshop on Academic Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer, ‘Technology Transfer in Europe – between East and West’Calcutta, India, November 2010
  • Institute of Intellectual Property, ‘Enforcement of patents on the Internet – challenges, trends, and approaches’Tokyo, Japan, November 2010
 

Vincent Angwenyi

Consultant

Vincent Angwenyi LLB(Hons) LLM has substantial expertise in the field of international intellectual property and competition law, with a background in multi-sector cross-border corporate and commercial transaction work.

Vincent Angwenyi

Consultant

Elisabeth Opie
Technology. International Business.
Dispute resolution. Policy.

Barer Strasse 1
80333 Munich, Germany

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Vincent Angwenyi LLB(Hons) LLM has substantial expertise in the field of international intellectual property and competition law. With a background in multi-sector cross-border corporate and commercial transaction work in an award winning legal practice, Vincent has expanded his expertise to international patent policy and antitrust law. Vincent uses his international and interdisciplinary experience to provide practical and strategic solutions.

Vincent was awarded a scholarship by the German Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property to study at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center as well as a 3-year grant for doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.

 



Relevant experience

  • Advising a major technology developer on IP issues related to the licensing of globally successful communications technology.
  • Policy and advocacy work in the field of standardisation and standard essential patents.
  • Advising SMEs and start-ups on the optimal means to protect their intellectual property rights.
  • Providing advice on non-contentious intellectual property transactions.
 

Career & qualifications


Legal Qualifications
  • Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP), Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and Augsburg University, Germany
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law, Kenya
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Nairobi, Kenya
 

Awards and citations

Scholarships and Awards

3-year grant for doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.

GRUR scholarship to study at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center

 

Publications

Vincent Angwenyi and Marie Barani, Smokescreen Strategies: What lies behind a Hold-up argument? GRUR Int (March 2018)

Vincent Angwenyi, Signs of Convergence between the US and Europe on Law and Policy relating to Standard Essential Patents? (4IP Council, December 2017)

Vincent Angwenyi, Hold-up, Hold-out and F/Rand: The Quest for Balance, GRUR Int. 2/2017

Angwenyi V. (2016) The Tripartite Free Trade Area: A Step Closer to the African Economic Community? In: Bungenberg M., Herrmann C., Krajewski M., Terhechte J. (eds) European Yearbook of International Economic Law 2016. European Yearbook of International Economic Law, vol 7. Springer, Cham

Angwenyi, Vincent, Competition Law and Regional Integration: The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) (September 4, 2013). MIPLC Master Thesis Series (2012/2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2406825