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Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) 2020 Annual Conference

  • 1 Oct 2020
  • 2 Oct 2020
  • KIGALI, Rwanda

Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) 2020 Annual Conference

Conference Invitation and Call for Papers

Date:  Oct 1st-2nd 2020 (2 days)

Kigali Convention Center, Radisson Blu Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda

The Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) will be hosting its annual conference entitled: The Progression of International Arbitration in Africa: Harmonization of Laws on the Continent and the Way Forward”, taking place from October 1st-2nd 2020.

In 2015, African leaders adopted Agenda 2063 as the Continent’s new long-term vision for the next 50 years. The Agenda 2063- The Africa we want outlines the establishment of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as one of the significant steps expected from the Africa Union. The AfCFTA is a trade agreement between African Union member states, aiming at creating a single continental market for goods and services as well as customs Union with free movement of capital and persons. The agreement is said to be the largest free-trade agreement in terms of countries that are involved since the establishment of the World Trade Organization. This comes when inter-African investment and trade has risen over the past decade, so has the number of arbitral proceedings involving African parties.

The recent ratification of the AfCFTA is a hopeful sign that this upwards trajectory of growth and investment will continue to flourish. This means that international arbitration will increasingly serve as an important vehicle by which nations and companies can quickly and effectively settle disputes that may arise. Greater harmonization of legal systems throughout the continent as well as an increased understanding of the distinctive challenges faced in Africa will therefore be necessary to ensure that governments, practitioners, in-house counsels and arbitrators are properly prepared.  Rwanda, a country that hosted the signatory of the AfCFTA in March 2018 has been at the crossroad between both Common Law and Civil law, and English and French for more than two decades. Since the establishment of theKigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) in 2012, the country has registered a rapid growth as a hub of International Arbitration in Africa.

The Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) is now taking an initiative of hosting an International Arbitration Conference that will examine the varying legal frameworks that have contributed to the development of international arbitration in Africa and provide dynamic discussions on the developments in trade and investment that will influence the future of international arbitration on the continent.

The working languages of the conference will be English and French.

I.          Expert presentations during the conference will include but are not limited to:

-        Potential implications of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement on international arbitration and settlement of disputes;

-        Reconciling fragmented international trade laws;

-        Addressing linguistic differences in international trade negotiations;

-        The hybridization of common law and civil law by arbitral tribunals;

-        Public-Private partnerships and facilitating foreign investments.

-        The Readiness of Africa Arbitral Institutions in Administering International Arbitral proceedings involving an African party.

KIAC invites government officials, legal experts, practitioners, scholars, arbitrators, registrars of arbitral institutions and international trade specialists to attend. The conference will deliver an opportunity to network and build essential skills through interactive panel discussions and presentations by prominent experts.

II.          Call for Submissions

KIAC invites experts to submit abstracts on the topics above, showing an analytical or innovative perspective relevant to the conference theme that also meet the following criteria:

-        Original, unpublished work of no more than 500 words

-        Written in English or French

-        Accompanied by a curriculum vitae of the author

Please submit all abstracts to fidele.masengo@kiac.org.rw. The deadline for submission of the abstracts is 24/12/2019. Selected abstracts will be notified with further details regarding final submissions. Submissions of the final papers will be included in the KIAC Annual Journal. Selected authors may also be given the opportunity to present their papers at the Conference.

III.          Participant Information

KIAC will gladly provide support for participants who need visa assistance.  Information on preferred hotels and travel partners will be provided as the Conference website is updated. Participants are responsible for their own round-trip travel and accommodation for the Conference in Kigali.

The attendance fee will be 200 USD. Early Bird Registration fee is fixed at 150 USD and will be available until 31st March 2020. The fee includes access to all conference sessions and presentations, tea/coffee breaks and lunches and certificate of participation.

  • IV.                      Conference Sponsorship

KIAC welcomes local and international organizations that wish to become sponsors of the conference. Requests for sponsorship should be sent to Annette Tamara Mbabazi,Communication and Marketing Specialist at annette.mbabazi@kiac.org.rw

V.          Contact

Please send any questions regarding KIAC and/or the conference to info@kiac.org.rw

African Arbitration Association, P.O. Box 695, Nyarutarama, KG 9 Av. No. 66, Kigali, Rwanda

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