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Timothy Masiko

Assistant Professor in Law, Faculty of Social Sciences



Tim is the module convener of the LLM module, World Trading Systems, and teaches International Law and the Global Economy, Land Law, and Foundations of Tort on the undergraduate program. He joined the School as a postgraduate researcher in 2015, and concluded his PhD in 2019 under the supervision of Professor Emeritus, Mary Footer and Professor Annamaria La Chimia. His thesis, "Flexible Regional Economic Integration in Africa: A Historical Look at the East African Community," considered the history of economic integration in Africa and the use of variable geometry to achieve continental integration. The unique approaches in his research led him to win the 2020 SIEL-Hart Prize in International Economic Law, and was published in the Hart series, Studies in International Trade and Investment Law in April 2022.

Previously, Tim was a lecturer in law at Uganda Christian University from 2012 to 2017, where he taught public international law, jurisprudence, the law of contract, the law of tort and administrative (public) law. Between 2010 and 2015, he was a consulting associate at E.K Consulting Group, a trade policy and trade law consulting firm based in Kampala, Uganda. The firm provides advisory and research services to clients across Africa on various aspects of trade law and trade policy, where Tim focused on regional integration and trade in services.

Tim's main research interests are in international economic law, legal history and African and pan-African approaches to international economic law. He is also involved in research with the Rights Lab on the role of international trade law in reducing modern slavery and its impacts.

Teaching Summary

World Trading Systems (WTO Law) Land law, foundations of tort, public international law.

Research Summary

Tim's main area of research is international economic law, especially in Africa. He is currently working on Trade, Investment and Modern Slavery (TrIMS), focusing on how trade and investment… read more

Selected Publications

Research Supervision Interests

I am interested in supervising research in international economic law, especially international trade. I am particularly keen on the development and implementation of trade treaties in both the WTO and regional groups. I am looking to supervise research on the possible role of international trade law in reducing modern slavery. Interdisciplinary and multi-method projects are strongly encouraged.

Current Research Students

Bhardwaj, Aakriti: Towards Better Regulatory Governance of Transatlantic Trade: The Case for Labour and Environmental Standards in the EU-Canada Partnership (co-supervised with Professor Jeff Kenner).

Abbot, Alex: International Investment Law, Multilateralism and the World Trade Organisation (co-supervised with Dr Matthew Windsor).

Oris-Onyiri, Emilia: The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS): Navigating the Barriers to Trade Liberalization and Integration (co-supervised with Dr Ozlem Ulgen).

Current Research

Tim's main area of research is international economic law, especially in Africa. He is currently working on Trade, Investment and Modern Slavery (TrIMS), focusing on how trade and investment agreements can be harnessed to address modern slavery risks. He also does research in public international law, with a leaning towards international law making. He is keen to study the place of Africa in the evolution of international law.

Past Research

  • The political economy of trade policy
  • Transitional justice
  • [African] traditional approaches to law.

Future Research

International Trade Law as a tool for curbing modern slavery.

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