The Mandela Institute
Africas transition to democracy is regarded throughout the
world as a remarkable triumph. Nelson Mandela, who played a pivotal
leadership role in securing a peaceful and orderly political settlement,
has lent his name, prestige and global credibility to The
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as part of the University of the Witwatersrand (one of South Africas
most prestigious institutions of higher learning), The Mandela
Institute aims to encourage and promote "capacity building" in
developing countries through intensive training in trade negotiation
and international commercial law.
alumnus of Wits Law School, Mr. Mandela gave his name to the Institute
because it is devoted to the advanced teaching of those aspects
of the law that will ensure economic growth for South Africa and
other developing countries," according to the Mandela Institutes
director, Professor David Unterhalter.
Mandela Institute will undertake research, develop policy recommendations
and offer advanced teaching in global commercial law, including
areas such as trade policy, intellectual property, competition
policy, telecommunications, banking and company law.
developing countries, the trend in recent years toward democratization
and economic liberalization has been accompanied by an expanding
number of international trade and investment commitments. This
meaningful participation in the agenda of the World Trade Organization
is now linked to Capacity Building, for without skilled policy
makers and trade negotiators, developing nations will be unable
to benefit fully from engagement in the global economy. Industrialized
countries will also suffer negative consequences as will businesses
who have invested so much in market-opening measures and liberalization.
the light of these imperatives, the Mandela Institute will provide
the tools and training to help poorer countries engage successfully
in the modern global economy, and will honor the contributions
of Nelson Mandela to the transformation of South Africa and to