Arbitration in Ethiopia, East Africa, and Beyond: Prospects, Possibilities, and Challenges

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, • English

This conference, sponsored by DLA Piper and Mehrteaub Leul & Associates Law Office and hosted by the Africa Union, will enable legal practitioners in Ethiopia and neighbouring countries do develop their skills and network on International and domestic arbitration


Speakers will consider the importance of best practices in the drafting of arbitration clauses, the role of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, tactical issues in investment arbitration, as well as developments, trends and opportunities in arbitration in Ethiopia and Eastern Africa

Who should attend?
This programme will benefit practicing lawyers, in-house corporate counsel, arbitrators, judges, technical experts, academics, and LL.M. students.


09:00 – 09:30Registration and networking
09:30 – 09:45Welcome Address
 Overview of the conference topics / Introduction of the speakers
09:45 – 11:15Arbitration: Global Issues and Local Considerations

•          Key issues and considerations in arbitration

•          The commercial arbitration regime in Ethiopia

•          Arbitration practice in Africa

•          Q&A

11:15 – 11:30Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00ICC Arbitration and Best Practices

•          Presentation of the ICC

•          Drafting arbitration clauses: general recommendations and local guidance

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Investment Treaty Arbitration: General Features and Local Insights

•          Presentation of investment treaty arbitration

•          Ethiopian investment arbitration treaties

•          Egyptian perspective on investment treaty arbitration

•          Q&A

15:30 – 16:00Coffee break
16:00 – 17:30International Arbitration in Ethiopia, East Africa and Beyond: Prospects, Possibilities and Challenges
17:30 – 17:45Concluding remarks
17:45 – 19:00Cocktail reception


Amr AbbasPartner and Head of Arbitration, Matouk Bassiouny, Cairo Egypt

Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Cairo University, Egypt

Girgis Abd El-ShahidManaging Partner, Dispute Resolution, Shahid Law, Cairo, Egypt
Abebe AbebayehuDeputy Commissioner, Ethiopian Investment Commission, Ethiopia
Bethelhem AregaLegal Consultant, Office of the Legal Counsel, African Union Commission, Ethiopia
Mulegeta AyeleDeputy Attorney General, Ethiopian Office of the Attorney General, Ethiopia
Ophélie DivoyAssociate, International Arbitration, DLA Piper, Paris, France
Prof. Fekadu Petros GebremeskelProfessor, Addis Ababa University School of Law, Ethiopia
Yared GetachewHead of Arbitration, Mehrteab Leul & Associates, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sami HouerbiDirector for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Dubai/Tunis
Tsegaye LaurendeauSenior Associate, International Arbitration Group, Shearman & Sterling, London, UK
Mehrteab LeulFounder and Principal, Mehrteab Leul & Associates, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Stefano ModenesiPartner, Italian Head of Litigation & Regulatory, DLA Piper, Milan, Italy
Tunde OgunseitanCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, France
Ben SandersonOf Counsel and Global Practice Manager for International Arbitration, DLA Piper, London, UK
Leyou TameruFounder and Managing Director, i-Arb Africa

Legal Consultant, Addis Ababa University School of Law, Ethiopia

Prof. Tilahun TeshomeProfessor, Addis Ababa University School of Law, Ethiopia
Ato Bahakal YimerAman Assefa and Associates Law Office, Ethiopia

Logistical notes

African Union Headquarters
Roosevelt Street (Old Airport Area)
Addis Ababa


Free of Charge

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