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Enhancing the Role of Counsel and Arbitrator in African Arbitration

  • 2 Nov 2022
  • ACCRA, Ghana

Venue: The Kempinski, Accra

Date: 2 Nov 2022

Link to the application form: 

Expected Attendees: Africans and non-Africans who act as counsel and or arbitrator in Africa related arbitrations from across the continent. 

Discussion format: we shall collate a number of questions that focus on the practice of attendees for discussion in a plenary session on counsel in the morning and arbitrators after lunch and close with a networking drinks reception in the evening. We expect all participants to share their own experiences. 

Purpose: to continue to learn from each other/colleagues to improve the practice of participants.

Example of Questions we shall discuss

On counsel:

What are the factors counsel should consider in selecting fact/expert witnesses?

Given workplace dynamics  in public sector workplaces where superiors feel slighted when not given the most important roles, what will you do when the head of the institution insists on being the fact witness when a person lower in rank may be the best fact witness?

What is the best way to prepare a fact witness's statement?

What should go into preparing to cross-examine an expert witness?

On arbitrators:

Should the chair always be senior (in age or qualification) to the co-arbitrators?

What is the best method for preparing an award where there is a panel of arbitrators?

How should the deliberations be handled when there is a partisan arbitrator on the panel?

How should the task of drawing up the final award be apportioned?

Where one arbitrator conducts ex parte discussions with its appointing party during the arbitration and informs the other panel members, what should the tribunal do?

Registration Formalities: when you register your interest to attend this event, we will assess your application and confirm our approval to your attendance via email within 7 days of receiving your application.

Fees: Free to attend upon approval but a surcharge of USD200 will be immediately due if you are accepted to attend and you fail to attend.

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