Think before you sign

Legal expert says drafting of international agreements must be more than just a paper exercise
“The regulation of international trade and the promotion of deeper integration are vital for development. The pursuit of their benefits and the execution of the tasks involved depend on the skills of statecraft and the demands of good governance. Success requires sound policies, the ability to negotiate and implement well-designed agreements, the availability of technical capacity in domestic institutions, and respect for rules-based arrangements.”
In a recent edition of the Tralac newsletter, Prof Gerhard Erasmus draws attention to the problems encountered when bilateral and multi-lateral treaties are signed without due consideration for the complexity and the outcome of the intended agreement.
Prof Erasmus was one of three lawyers that assisted the Constitutional Assembly in 1989 to draft the document that became the Constitution of Namibia.