Kluwer Arbitration Blog Interview with Dr Rukia Baruti, Secretary General of AfAA
A common concern for arbitration practitioners in Africa is that when it comes to African seated arbitrations, African practitioners are underrepresented. The African Arbitration Association (AfAA) was set up as a combined vision of practitioners in the region to create a platform that would encourage and create more opportunities for greater representation of African practitioners in African arbitrations.
Paul-Jean Le Cannu to Teach Course on Investment Arbitration in Lagos
5 June 2019
Paul-Jean Le Cannu will be participating in the first portion of a two-week intensive course on ICSID arbitration in Lagos, Nigeria from 8 - 19 July 2019. The program is in association with Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Law) and The International Law Institute – African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE).
Brief on CRCICA Caseload and Recent Activities in Africa
2 June 2019
The total number of cases filed before CRCICA until 31 December 2018 reached 1303 cases. In 2018, 77 new cases were filed, compared to 65 in 2017. Further, 2 mediation cases were registered in 2018 compared to a single one in 2017.
The Centre’s caseload during 2018 involved disputes relating to various sectors including: Oil & Gas, Construction, Media & Entertainment, Sports, Real Estate Development, Agriculture and Tourism.
Professor Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile’s Article in Kluwar Arbitration Blog
Professor Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile’s article titled “Djibouti Signs the ICSID Convention: The Big Question is Why?” appeared in the May 30 issue of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. On April 12, 2019, the Republic of Djibouti (“Djibouti”) signed the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (“ICSID Convention” or “Convention”). The article draws attention to on-going legal battles between DP World, a Dubai-based and Dubai-government controlled global port operator, and the Government of Djibouti, battles that are playing out in the London Court of International Arbitration (“LCIA”) and in the court rooms of a few other jurisdictions around the world. In the article, Professor Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile discusses Djibouti’s somewhat inconsistent position on international investment arbitration, on the one hand signing the ICSID Convention, and on the on the other hand boycotting some recent proceedings of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) tribunals and ignoring resulting decisions and awards. The article also draws attention to the continuing “love-hate relationship” between some African States and the investor-State dispute settlement system.
NCIA The Year in 2019!
28 February 2019
The year 2018 was an exciting year which included the 1st ADR National Conference, 1st MOOT Competition, the launch of the China Africa Joint Arbitration Centre and administration of newly registered cases and witnessing the issuance of the awards.
The year ahead holds a lot in store for NCIA in its pivotal and facilitative role as an arbitral institution. Introducing the 1st Regional Investment Moot Competition!
5th SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference
12 February 2019
The fifth SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference was co-hosted by the African Institute for International Law, Arusha and Bannaga & Fadlabi LLP (Sudan) from 12-14 February 2019 at the Arusha International Conference Centre. The theme of the conference was 'Best Practices in Arbitration and ADR in Africa'. There were eight panel discussions on the dispute resolution mechanism of the AfCFTA; core commercial and investment arbitration issues and a mediation panel. 109 delegates attended the conference.
Training African Arbitrators in Zambia
29 January 2019
Suzanne Rattray, FCIArb, has been instrumental in development of a scenario for training of domestic arbitrators in Zambia. This scenario has been used in a Moot which was recorded on January 19 2019 for use in the Introductory Course offered by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Zambia Branch from April 2019. Ms. Rattray performed the role of the Presiding Arbitrator on the panel.
CRCICA Caseload of the year 2017
3 December 2018
The CRCICA Caseload for the entire year 2017 has been published at the Global Arbitration Review (“GAR”). 65 new cases were filed during 2017 compared to 91 new cases in 2016. Accordingly, the total number of arbitration cases filed before CRCICA until 31 December 2017 reached 1226 cases.
In 2017, disputes arising from construction and other contracts for works (such as contracts for implementation of electro-mechanical works, etc.) ranked on top, with 32 % of the total number of cases, followed by lease agreements, media and entertainment and other contracts for supply of services.
Funmi Roberts: Appointed Member of Governing Board of Oyo State (Nigeria) Multidoor Courthouse and Inducted Fellow of the Society for Construction Industry Arbitrators
3 December 2018
The Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria recently declared open, the Oyo State MultiDoor Courthouse to offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. The Chief Judge of the State, Honourable Justice Ladi Abimbola has constituted the Governing Board of the MultiDoor Courthouse and Mrs Funmi Roberts has been appointed as a member.
Julius Nkafu: OHADA has a great dispute resolution system
29 November 2018
Julius Nkafu FCIArb, an AfAA Board Member, was in Germany on the 29 November at the great African Investment Day talking about Arbitration in French speaking Africa – OHADA. The event, which focused on showcasing the investment opportunities in French Africa to German investors saw the need to reassure potential investors that Africa had very good laws, institutions and facilities to resolve disputes should they arise.
Hery Ranjeva Chairs Committee of AfSIL's 7th Annual Conference
28 September 2018
Mr. Hery Ranjeva of Foley Hoag, is the Chairperson of the organising committee of the African Society of International Law (AfSIL), which will be holding its 7th Annual Conference in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on 26 and 27 October 2018. The title of the Conference is Africa and International Law of the Sea and will address dispute resolution issues in Africa.
CRCICA and KIAC Conclude Memorandum of Understanding
31 August 2018
On 31 August 2018, during the 6th East African International Arbitration Conference held in Addis Ababa, the Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dr Ismail Selim and the Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Dr Fidele Masengo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to provide a framework through which the two arbitral institutions can develop a mutually beneficial relationship.
Aboubacar Fall Designated UNCITRAL Guide Representative for Senegal
28 June 2018
Dr Aboubacar Fall of Fall & Partners Law Office, was recently designated as Representative of the UNCITRAL Guide on the New York Convention for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards for Senegal. Senegal ratified the New York Convention on 17 October 1994.