The Division represents the organization in all cases brought against the organization before the COMESA Court of Justice. The Division also prepares draft legal instruments for negotiation by Member States as well as advising and assisting Member States and other institutions of the organizations on the implementation of legal instruments of the organization to give effect to international obligations of Member States. Being a supporting Division, most of its work depends on instructions received from other divisions.
The main objectives are:
-Provision of Legal Services to all organs of COMESA and its institutions
-Advise on the interpretation of legal instruments
-Preparation of draft amendments to the Treaty, COMESA Charters, COMESA Rules and Regulations and
other legal text
-Representation of COMESA in legal proceedings before the Court of Justice or arbitration proceedings before an arbitral body;
-Carrying out of the legal function associated with the Secretary General’s role as depository of COMESA Legal Instruments;
-Development of legal instruments and legal frameworks for the implementation of COMESA programmes;
-Technical assistance on the domestication or transposition of COMESA legal instruments for implementation of programmes;
-Trade facilitation measures through the implementation of the COMESA programme on Immigration and the Free Movement of Persons; and
-Implementation of the COMESA Programme on Intellectual Property.
The Legal & Corporate Affairs division is comprised of the following team members.