3 September 2020
Kigali International Arbitration Centre gains international recognition
The record included three emergency arbitration cases, according to KIAC.
Beyond Rwanda, the cases registered in the year 2019/20 came from eight countries including India, Singapore, Egypt, China, Kenya and France.
Overall, 67 per cent of the new cases were domestic in nature while 33 per cent were international.
KIAC says the increase in international cases is a statement of confidence that Rwanda is playing a key role in positioning Africa on the market of international arbitration, as well as its global appeal to users from diverse legal systems and cultures.
Launched in 2012, KIAC was established by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) in partnership with the government.
16 October 2020
Agbakoba heads FG’s arbitration policy devt c’ttee
Cerebral Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba has been appointed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to head the federal government’s Committee for the Development of National Arbitration Policy that would guide the arbitral process and agreements in Nigeria. Performing the virtual inauguration in Abuja, yesterday, Malami noted that the Committee came at the nick of time when the practice of arbitration was facing challenges, particularly with the negative outcomes of arbitral proceedings in the ongoing litigation by the Federal Government against the award of almost $10billion (inclusive of seven percent interest) to Process and Industrial Development Limited (P&ID) by the London tribunal on January 31, 2017.
Funke Adekoya SAN is included in the newly created List of Arbitrators of African Descent
19 June 2020
In an initiative to promote diversity in the American arbitration space, Simpson Dispute Resolution in collaboration with Thevenin Arbitration & ADR have created a list of arbitration professionals of African descent.
Listed names were urged to promote diversity by circulating the list as widely as possible, and referring to the list when nominating counsel, arbitrators or chairs of arbitral panels in cases in which they are involved.
Each individual on the list had been recommended for inclusion based on having international dispute resolution practice and/or are listed on the panels of several arbitral institutions. The respective individuals have been recognized for their dispute resolution experience in various jurisdictions including the United States.
Olufunmilayo Roberts: The COVID-19 ADR Initiative
25 May 2020
Funmi Roberts, one of the visioners of the COVID-19 ADR Initiative ("CADRI") invites you to join her and her team in working together to mitigate the adverse effect of COVID-19. The CADRI was envisioned to ensure that disputes, even those that are suffering COVID-19 imposed delays in courts, are resolved in a timely, considerably cheaper and efficient manner, notwithstanding the existence or otherwise of dispute resolution clauses in the contracts executed between the parties.
Duncan Bagshaw on Virtual Court Hearings: Practical Tips, tricks and takeaways for lawyers everywhere
20 May 2020
In a Webinar, Duncan Bagshaw, shared the experience him and his colleagues have had with Virtual Court Hearings during this COVID-19 period. From sharing some tips for lawyers planning video-based hearings and trials, to the perspective of both the advising attorney and the trial advocate. This session was useful for all litigators everywhere helping prepare for similar virtual hearings in the future.
Brief on CRCICA Caseload and Activities for AfAA June Newsletter
15 May 2020
On 21 March 2020, CRCICA sent a message to its users titled “CRCICA’s Response to COVID-19 situation”. In the said message, CRCICA recognized the increasing uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, and is monitoring the situation in light of the WHO reports and the measures announced by the relevant local authorities.
Further, CRCICA stated that its first priority is to guarantee the health and safety of its employees, users and their families. It also believes it has a role to play in combatting the outbreak. To achieve these goals, CRCICA implemented a number of urgent measures.
Brief on CRCICA Caseload and Recent Activities as of January 2020 until Mid-February 2020
26 February 2020
The year 2020 marks the CRCICA’s celebration of its 40th anniversary as the oldest arbitration Centre in Africa (1979-2020). During these years, and since its establishment, the CRCICA worked to develop arbitration and ADR mechanism in the region with specific focus on Africa as one strong whole in the heart of the universe.
Remarkably, on 31 December 2019, the total number of cases filed before the CRCICA reached 1385 cases, with 82 new cases filed since the start of 2019. The cases related to various sectors, including Oil & Gas, Construction, Real Estate Development, Retail, Tourism & Hospitality, Media & Entertainment, International Sale of Goods, Pharmaceutical and IT & Telecommunications. Parties involved in these cases came from China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, India, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
The Confederation of African Football represented by Tarek Badawy of Shahid law firm defeats request for interim relief
13 December 2019
Shahid Law Firm is pleased to announce that it has successfully represented the African Football Association (“CAF”) in defeating an ICC emergency arbitration claim initiated by Lagardere Sports, a leading French sports and entertainment company. The dispute related to CAF’s termination of a USD 1 Billion contract for the commercialization of CAF media and marketing rights following the Egyptian Competition Authority’s finding that the contract breached Egyptian law, which resulted in two criminal courts imposing heavy financial penalties on CAF’s former President and Secretary General, and triggered further investigations by the COMESA Competition Commission.
Who is the New Chief Justice of Rwanda
4 December 2019
Rwanda has since today got a new Chief Justice replacing the expert Professor Sam Rugege who has been serving for the last eight years in this capacity.
Dr Faustin Nteziryayo, the new Chief Justice is bringing a huge CV in Rwanda’s judicial system which has already built a strong foundation.
Married and father of three, Nteziryayo,57, was born in current Kamonyi district, Southern Province in 1962.
He holds a PhD in law from Antwerp University (1994, Belgium), a Master’s in Fiscal Law from Universite Libre de Bruxelles – ULB (1996, Belgium), and an M.A. in international affairs with specialization in international trade policy from Carleton University (2009, Canada), and an LLB from the National University of Rwanda (1986).
Report on the activities of the Third International Conference on Arbitration in Libya
19 November 2019
Following the launch of the International Conference on Arbitration in Libya and the success of the first International Conference on Arbitration in Libya on 1 and 2 November 2017, entitled "Arbitration in Libya in the Light of Comparative Experiences and International Organizations", at the headquarters of the Organization of Education, Science and Culture "ALECSO" in Tunis In the presence of a significant number of speakers and participants, and jointly organized by the Libyan Center for International Commercial Arbitration and the International (LCICA) and Chamber of Commerce in Paris (ICC), following the Center's authorization from the Libyan House of Representatives and a license from the Government of Concord, and after responding to the United Nations call for urgency and the development of an arbitration law.
Edward Fashole-Luke II Joins ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators
15 November 2019
Edward Fashole-Luke11, FCIArb, FSIArb, FAArb, FBIArb, a leading barrister and international arbitrator in Botswana and a member of the London Court of Arbitration who is listed in the Who's Who of Arbitrators published by the Global Arbitration Review, has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators at the World Bank with effect from September 2019 for a period of six years. He was nominated to the panel by the Government of Botswana.
Nuno Albuquerque participates in conference in tribute to Doctor France Van-Dunem
13 November 2019
On 13th and 14th November 2019, the Scientific Conference in tribute to Doctor France Van-Dunem was held in Luanda’s Palace of Justice. At this event, organized by the Law School of the Catholic University of Angola, Nuno Albuquerque, from Nadvogados, a member of the AfAA, participated as a speaker, addressing the topic “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Administrative Law: Administrative and Sports Arbitration”.
Promoting Women in Arbitration
2 September 2019
On Saturday 17th August 2019, Suzanne Rattray, FCIArb, convened the first gathering of the Women in ADR Special Interest Group of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Zambia Branch. This initiative was conceived on International Women’s Day 2019 when a group of 4 members of the Branch met over dinner to discuss how to advance careers in ADR for women.
CRCICA and NCIA Conclude Memorandum of Understanding
30 August 2019
The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) and Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) penned off a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during the just concluded 7th East Africa International Arbitration Conference 2019 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi.
Interview with the co-Registrars of the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre
1 August 2019
“MIAC will continue to be the market leader in administration of disputes in Mauritius, Africa, and beyond”, says Co-Registrar.
Ashwita: One might be tempted to call it the ‘new MIAC’, but MIAC was established in 2011, operating under a joint venture with the Government of Mauritius and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA). Following the termination of that joint venture, MIAC started operating independently on 27 July 2018. Susan and I were appointed as Co-Registrars of MIAC in September 2018 and have been leading the MIAC Secretariat since.
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.