Victor Amadi

Research Fellow


Cape Town, South Africa



Victor Amadi is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative Law in Africa (CCLA), University of Cape Town (UCT). He holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB), an LLM, LLD degree in Mercantile and Labour Law from the University of the Western Cape (UWC). His research focuses on trade and comparative regional integration and development in Africa. His doctoral thesis examined the facilitation of intra-regional trade through the free movement of people in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). He is involved in teaching courses on Law and Regional Integration in Africa and Comparative Business Law in Africa to undergraduate and postgraduate students at UCT while providing extensive research advice in these areas to undergraduate and postgraduate students. He serves as the managing editor of the Journal of Comparative Law in Africa and is the author of the book “Trade, Migration and Law: Free Movement of People in the Southern African Development Community”(Routledge 2022).


    Scholarly Articles

    1. Amadi, V. (2023). A flexible approach to enabling the free movement of people in Southern Africa. Comparative International Law Journal of Southern Africa. (Forthcoming)
    2. Amadi, V., & Vundamina, M. N. D. (2023). Migration and climate change in Africa: A differentiated approach through the free movement of people frameworks. Law, Democracy and Development, 27, 31-54.
    3. Amadi, V., & Lenaghan, V. (2020). Facilitating trade and strengthening market access in the Southern African Customs Union: A focus on South Africa’s customs reform. South African Mercantile Law Journal, 32(3), 309-333.
    4. Amadi, V., & Lenaghan, P. (2020). Advancing regional integration through the movement of people in the Southern African Development Community. Speculum Juris, 34(1), 51-67.


    1. Amadi, V. (2022). Trade, migration, and law: Free movement of persons in the Southern African Development Community. (1st ed.). Routledge, London.

    Book Chapters

    1. Hirsch, A., & Amadi, V. (2022). Can Africa accelerate initiatives towards the freer movement of Africans in Africa? In F. Mangeni, J. Atta-Mensah, & United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (Eds.), Existential priorities for the AfCFTA (pp. 117-127). UNECA, Addis Ababa. Retrieved from https://repository.uneca.org/bitstream/handle/10855/47860/b12015659.pdf
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