Sovereignty and the‘United States of Africa’ Insights from the EU

"This paper has five main parts. In the first part, the concept of state sovereignty and its application within the modern state discourse is traced, albeit briefly. In the next part, the concept of sovereignty in the pursuit for Africa’s integration is dealt with. The focus is on the AU and the extent to which the states in Africa have transferred some of their sovereign powers to the AU is discussed. The next part looks at the EU model and how its member states have ceded some of their state sovereignty to the EU institutions. How some EU states have sought to address the ceding of state sovereignty to the EU within their domestic legal framework is also addressed. In the last two parts, some points for further thought and a conclusion is offered."