n Law, Democracy & Development - The European Union as a model for regional integration in the Southern African Development Community : a selective institutional comparative analysis

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1028-1053
  • E-ISSN: 2077-4907



The SADC has adopted the EU model of integration. Most SADC institutions mirror their EU equivalents. These institutions are treaty based; hence this comparative discussion is relevant in showing how institutions in both the SADC and the EU play influential roles in economic integration as mandated by their Treaties. These institutions have defined roles pertaining to law-making processes and in relation to the adjudication of the EU's activities. The rationale behind this discussion is mainly informed by the choice SADC has made in electing the EU linear model of integration. The choice of using the EU as a model was irresistible for SADC as "the EU is a living laboratory for the integration theory". It is for this reason that this article investigates the rationale behind the choice, its implications and, ultimately, whether such an ambitious agenda can produce the desired results.

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