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AF Legal Law Firm
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  • International Arbitration
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Dr. Aboubacar FALL
Country of Birth
French & English
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Counsel
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Distribution / Franchising
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Environment
  • Finance & Banking
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Maritime
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory
  • Sales & Purchases
  • Shipping & Commodities
  • Sport
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
Certificates in Oil & Gad Policy & Management - PETRAD Foundation ( Norway) 2010 & 2018
LL.M University of Washington (Seattle) USA 1994
PhD University of Rouen (France) 1984
LL.M in International Transportation University of Paris-Sorbonne (France) 1981
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I have participated in several maritime arbitration at the Chambre Arbitrale Maritime de Paris (CAMP) while a member of the Paris Bar.
I have also assisted the Senegalese National Shipping Company (COSENAM) in a London based ad hoc maritime arbitration case which was finally settled.
I have participated as Legal Expert in an ICC arbitration in Paris in relation to an offshore oil & gas related dispute.
I have been recently appointed for a 4 years term as a Member of the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)

I recently joined the LCIA.
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
Member of Senegal Bar (1983)
Member of the Paris Bar 1997
Principal Legal Counsel at the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group 2001-2014
President of the Management Board of the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) 2011-2014
Partner at Geni & Kebe Law Offices 2015-2018
Senior Partner AF Legal Law Firm 2018 to present
Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration ( ICCA)
Member of the Users Council of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
Legal Background
  • Civil Law
  • International Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))

OHADA member countries

Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Charter parties
  • Concessions
  • Finance
  • Loan
  • Partnership
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Sale of Goods
  • Shipbuilding
Other Agreement (Please specify)
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
Le nouveau droit de l’exéquatur au Sénégal in Le Droit Maritime Français 2004 “La prescription extinctive de l’action nee de contrats de charte-partie.” In Le Droit Maritime Francais- 1986; “A propos de la regle “once on demurrage, always on demurrage” in Le Droit Maritime Francais 1986; “L’arbitrage : une voie alternative pour le reglement des litiges commerciaux” in Echanges Commerciaux No 5 – 1991; “La detention extra-contractuelles du navire dans le cadre d’une charte partie au voyage “ in Le Droit Maritime Francais 1998; “Defence and Illustration of Lex Mercatoria in International Maritime Arbitration: the case study of “extra-contractual detention “ in voyage charterparty disputes” Paper presented at the 12th International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA – Paris 1998) and published in Journal of International Arbitration – 1997; “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Senegal” in IBA Arbitration and ADR Committee NewsLetter. May 2004.
In 2013, I delivered a presentation on Investment Arbitration: Challenges for African countries “at the Senegal Bar & International Lawyers Union (UIA) co-organized international seminar in Sally (Senegal).
In December 2017, I participated in the African International Law Association (AILA) international Conference in Lagos on the topic “Rethinking Investment Arbitration for Africa”.
In January 2019, I delivered a presentation on “International Commercial Arbitration at the International in Oil & Gas Disputes” at the International Colloquium co-organized by the Ministry of Justice and the Senegalese branch of EITI in Dakar (Senegal).
In February 2020, I published an article in the Financial Afrik on the topic of “ l’Afrique et l’arbitrage international”
“Maritime Law & Policy Developments in West Africa: An Update” published in CMI Newsletter April No1-2020
In May 2020, I participated as a panelist in the Webinar organized by the Arbitration Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA)
On the topic “Does the Covid 19 pandemic have an impact of arbitration in Africa?”
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