CATEGORIES & CRITERIA
ADR Practitioner of the year
This is awarded to the arbitrator/ADR practitioner who is adjudged to have made outstanding achievements in, or contribution to, the development of arbitration/ADR in Africa. An outstanding achievement will be considered as one which has made a positive impact and contributed to the development of arbitration/ADR, including helping to inspire young practitioners in arbitration/ADR to fulfil their true potential, achieve excellence in their career and launch their careers as practicing arbitration/ADR practitioners. Peer recognition of such a practitioner’s achievement in terms of expertise, leadership, exceptional provision of arbitral/ADR services, proven track record of helping young practitioners rise in their careers, regular publications, organization of knowledge sharing networking platforms and generally creating awareness of arbitration/ADR within Africa will be relevant factors.
Mentor of the year
This is awarded to an individual who has helped inspire young African practitioners in arbitration/ADR to fulfil their true potential, achieve excellence in their career and launch their careers as practicing arbitration/ADR practitioners. The winner will have a proven track record of helping young practitioners rise in their careers. This category is applicable to those working in any capacity in law firms, arbitration/ADR institutions or independent practitioners.
Young Arbitrator/ADR Practitioner of the year
The AfAA Young Arbitrator/ADR Practitioner of the year is awarded to a young arbitration/ADR practitioner under the age of 40 who is adjudged to have made outstanding achievements in, or contribution to, the development of arbitration/ADR in Africa, and to have made consistent efforts in the field, having acted at least once as counsel or as neutral in arbitration/ADR proceedings during the past year. Nominees are to have demonstrated consistency in speaking engagements, writing articles and papers, leadership positions in the field and generally creating awareness of and promoting arbitration/ADR in Africa.
Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Champion
The AfAA Diversity Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Champions Award is awarded to an African institution/organization/group which has shown outstanding achievement in, or contribution to, the advancement and promotion of DEI in the arbitral/ADR community of their African region of operation. Nominees should be shown to have played a particular role in:
The AfAA Lifetime Achievement/Contribution Award will be awarded to an individual for sustained activity and contributions towards the advancement of the African arbitral/ADR community during the course of his or her career.
Publication of the Year
The Publication of the Year Award will be awarded to an individual author or co-authors for contribution to the enhancement of international arbitration in Africa through written publications on international arbitration in Africa or related topics published in 2020 and 2021.
Innovation in Arbitration
The Innovation in Arbitration Award will be awarded to an African national/organisation for innovative ideas, systems, structures or methods of doing business that have contributed to promoting arbitration/ADR in Africa and preparing for the future of arbitration/ADR. It includes the use of technology, innovative systems, innovative partnerships and innovative training programs, or any novel concepts that have been put into, or can be in the future put into, practice towards the development of arbitration/ADR in Africa.
African Jurisdiction of the Year Award
The African Jurisdiction of the Year award will be awarded to an African jurisdiction (state) which has made exceptional progress to the continuing development of international arbitration and ADR in Africa. This will include the promotion of Arbitration/ADR both locally and internationally; encouraging the appointment of qualified African ADR practitioners; encouraging diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) in ADR services; possessing transparent and user-friendly ADR frameworks, development of ADR services and/or professional bodies within the jurisdiction, rendering of arbitration/ADR services of global standards, and recognition either locally or internationally for such progress.