International Telecommunications Law and Policy
Since the revolution in modern telecommunications that followed the invention of the telegraph, telecommunication networks have provided channels for the fast delivery of communications across national borders. This transnational nature of telecommunication networks have led to the establishment of international regulatory regimes on the subject. On the other hand, developing countries consider regional economic integration as a major strategy for promoting trade and development, telecommunications have been seen within this context as a strategic tool for facilitating regional economic integration. This has also led to the establishment of regional telecommunication regulatory regimes that aim to promote regional integration and regulatory harmonization. This book discusses telecommunication regimes established by international and regional organizations such as the United Nations, the International Telecommunication Union, the World Trade Organization, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States, and the Southern African Development Community, among a number of others. It will be relevant to policy makers, regulators, lawyers, law students, investors and telecommunication operators, as well as any person interested in international and African regional telecommunication regimes.
Dr Uchenna Jerome Orji is an attorney admitted to the Nigerian Bar. He holds an LLB from the University of Nigeria, an LLM from the University of Ibadan, and a PhD from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria. He is the author of Cybersecurity Law and Regulation (2012), and Telecommunications Law and Regulation in Nigeria (2018), in addition to over 70 peer-reviewed papers on several aspects of law. His articles have appeared in Journal of African Law; Commonwealth Law Bulletin; Computer and Telecommunications Law Review; Computer Law Review International; Defence Against Terrorism Review; International Data Privacy Law; and OPEC Energy Review, among others. He is a Fellow of the African Center for Cyber Law and Cybercrime Prevention at the UN African Institute for the Prevention of Crime, Kampala, Uganda, and has also worked as an expert for the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth and the Dutch Government.
“A major strength of this book lies in the scope of its coverage. In an area where there is a paucity of academic literature, especially literature providing in-depth consideration of African realities, this volume is a commendable effort that scholars will find to be a good basis for further research. The international comparative legal analysis makes the book potentially appealing to scholars in a variety of jurisdictions around the world. Beyond scholarly circles, the book should also be useful to lawyers, regulators, policymakers, and potential investors.”
Dr Pontian N. Okoli
Lecturer, School of Law, University of Stirling, UK; African Journal of Information and Communications, June 2020
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