Patricia Lenaghan evaluates the probable fulfilment of socio-economic rights resulting from economic growth experienced in the Southern African region. She considers the aims and objectives of various multilateral and bilateral agreements in the region, including the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the African Union (AU), and concludes that, despite the pre-eminent role afforded to trade is, the protection of human rights is also given prominence.

In her view it is clear that, if appropriately applied, instruments of economic growth can be employed to ensure the protection and enhancement of socio-economic rights in the Southern African region.

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