3rd ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

Lagos, Nigeria, • English, French

This conference is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who wish to keep up to date with the latest institutional developments and the evolution of arbitration in Africa.


ICC’s annual Africa conference, held in English and French, is the key forum for understanding international commercial arbitration in Africa. This conference provides an indispensable update on developments in the region and is becoming the most important gathering for the African arbitration community. Not only does it offer a line-up of top-class speakers, topical discussions and relevant news, but also an excellent opportunity to network. The conference attracts more than 350 participants representing about 15 countries.

The ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on “The Conduct of the Proceedings and Case Management – the Arbitrator’s perspective” will take place on 20 June 2018 in English only.  

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Africa

Conference Programme

The programme will be available shortly.

Training Programme

Advanced training: The Conduct of the Proceedings and Case Management: the Arbitrator’s Perspective – 20 June 2018

 09:30 – 09:45Welcoming address and introduction
09:45 – 10:00Active Case Management Techniques
From the very outset of the arbitration, the tribunal has to actively assist the parties in organizing and streamlining the conduct of the proceedings. During this session, participants will learn and discuss both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint effective case management techniques. These will include issues related to drafting the terms of reference, preparing and conducting case management conferences, and adopting procedural timetables.
10:00 – 10:30Effective Management of Arbitration: an ICC perspective
During this session participants will be provided with ICC insights and best practices on various active management techniques.
10:30 – 11:30Case scenarios on active case management techniques and debate
11:30 – 11:45Coffee break 
11:45 – 12:15Arbitrators’ Authority: Scope and Limits
The notion of ‘authority of the arbitral tribunal’ is a complex and multifaceted one which plays a key-role in the creation of a suitable framework for the arbitration. It involves both the relationship between the arbitrators as well the tribunal’s relationship with counsel and raises challenging questions. Among others: how far a dissenting opinion can go and still be effective and appropriate; what is the scope of the tribunal’s authority to sanction counsel’s wrongful conduct; what types of sanctions are available?
12:15 – 13:00Case scenarios on arbitrators’ authority: scope and limits and debate 
13:00 – 14:15Lunch 
14:15 – 14:45Conducting hearings
Conducting fair and orderly hearings is one of the most critical tasks faced by arbitrators. Indeed, the respect of the due process on one side and the need to efficiently conduct the arbitral hearing on the other may pose a significant challenge for arbitrators. During this session participants will learn how arbitrators should deal with issues such as: questioning of witnesses or attorneys, deciding whether to request additional evidence not provided by the parties and evaluating the need to appoint an expert.
14:45 – 15:30Case scenarios on conducting hearings and debate 
15:30 – 16:00Coffee break 
16:00 – 16:30Managing the exchange of information
Obtaining and presenting information is of paramount importance when preparing an international commercial arbitration case. The mission of the arbitral tribunal lies in managing such exchange of information, taking into consideration the different cultural legal approaches of the parties and their counsel. Participants will learn more on how arbitrators should deal with issues such as: the management of electronically stored information; the preservation of the confidentiality of information and related issues of applicable law; protection of trade, technological and commercial secrets; privacy of the arbitral proceedings; and ethical conduct of the arbitrators.
16:30 – 17:15Case scenarios on managing the exchange of information and debate 
17:15 – 17:30Closing remarks 


The speakers will be available shortly.

Logistical notes

Dates3rd ICC Africa Conference: 18-19 June
ICC Institute Advanced Level Training: 20 June
Travel and accommodationTravel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.
VisaWe are able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration online.
Credits and hours ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.
French Bars: this training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for reimbursement from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionnel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions.
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