Thabelo is a trade and investment law and policy researcher. His research interests lie in the fields of international economic law with a focus on FDI, regional economic integration, Southern African trade law and international trade policy. He also undertakes research and analysis on a range of issues with which Tutwa is involved.
He has recently designed and created a table of readiness indicators for the 55 AU Member States to determine readiness to sign and ratify the Treaty creating the African Medicines Agency; assisted in research for the development of an ITC – UK EPA course syllabus and general introduction to EPAs for Trade and Investment Support Institutions (TISIs) and MSMEs; researched and compiled the Regional Integration- The Story of SADC report and also assisted in research for a Gap analysis of regional (SADC) flagship projects in Zambia, among others.
Thabelo recently led a research into the development of a position paper on private sector challenges and recommendations to stimulate post COVID-19 trade in SADC.
He holds an LLB- Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) from the University of Fort Hare and is currently completing his LLM- International Economic Law with the University of South Africa.