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Timothy Masiko

Postgraduate Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences



Tim is in the third year of his PhD, conducting research in international economic law under the supervision of Professor Mary Footer and Dr Annamaria La Chimia. His thesis title is, "Variable Geometry and the Future of the East African Community: Implications for the Bloc's Integration, its Dealings with Other Regions, and On-going Negotiations." In this project, he considers how the use of flexible integration in the East African Community affects relationships between integrating states, and relationships between the bloc and other trade partners.

He joined the University of Nottingham in October 2015, having obtained his LLB from Uganda Christian University (UCU) in 2008, and an MSc in International Trade Policy and Trade Law from Lund University in 2013. Tim is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda, and practiced at Mpeirwe and Co. Advocates in Kampala, Uganda, from 2012-2013. While at Mpeirwe and Co., he practiced mainly in the areas of intellectual property, contract, construction, and land law. He joined Uganda Christian University as a Tutorial Assistant in September 2012, where he taught contract, tort, administrative law, ethics, jurisprudence, and public international law. He left the law firm to focus on teaching in May 2013, and was promoted to lecturer in 2014, a position he held till he left to start his PhD in 2015.

Tim's interest in international economic law dates back to 2010, when he first did a certificate in international trade and development, and joined the E.K Consulting Group as a research assistant. E.K. Consulting is a trade consultancy firm based in Kampala, and here, Tim started his consulting and research career reviewing laws and policies for clients that included government ministries and regional blocs. This set him on the path to further education in trade law and an interest in regional integration. He was inspired to do his PhD when he could not find an answer as to why the EAC included flexible integration principles in their constituent treaty. He nearly has an answer now, hopefully.

Tim is a member of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) and is a co-editor of international law for the UoN Law Blog.

Teaching Summary

Tim is a tutor in the law of Tort on the Undergraduate Programme, and is keenly interested in public international law and jurisprudence.

Research Summary

Tim is interested in several areas of international trade law and trade policy, but is currently studying the following areas:

  • The development and use of flexible integration as a method of regional integration,
  • Integration theory,
  • International lawmaking, specifically by non-state actors.
  • Interactions between international law and cultural heritage.

Past Research

  • The political economy of trade policy,
  • National and regional trade policies in the East African Community (EAC) and in the Southern African Development Community (SADC),
  • Trade in services in the EAC and in SADC

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