Arbitration in Uganda: Shaping the Future

Kampala, Uganda, • English

As international and domestic arbitration becomes more widespread in East Africa, this conference, sponsored by DLA Piper will enable legal practitioners in Uganda and neighbouring countries to develop their skills in this specialised area of law.


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 Uganda 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
09:45 – 11:15Arbitration: global issues and local considerations

•          Key issues and considerations in arbitration

•          The commercial arbitration regime in Uganda

•          The benefits of bringing together development finance institutions and arbitration in East 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

•          Q&A

13:00 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 15:30Investment treaty arbitration: general features and local insights

•          Presentation of investment treaty arbitration

•          Ugandan investment arbitration treaties

•          Egyptian perspective on investment treaty arbitration

•          Q&A

15:30- 15:45Coffee break
15:45 – 17:00Sharing users’ perspectives on arbitration
17:00 – 17:15Concluding remarks and recommendations
17:15 – 19:00Cocktail reception at Serena Hotel


Girgis Abd El-ShahidManaging Partner, Dispute Resolution, Shahid Law, Cairo, Egypt
Patson W. ArinaitweSenior Associate, Dispute Resolution, Sebalu & Lule, Kampala, Uganda
Ophélie DivoyAssociate, International Arbitration, DLA Piper, Paris, France
Sami HouerbiDirector for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Dubai/Tunis
Gertrude Wamala KarugabaPartner, Corporate & Commercial, Sebalu & Lule, Kampala, Uganda
Tsegaye LaurendeauSenior Associate, International Arbitration Group, Shearman & Sterling, London, United Kingdom
Michael MafabiPrincipal Associate, Dispute Resolution, Sebalu & Lule, Kampala, Uganda
Peter MulisaChief Legal and Corporate Affairs, Uganda National Oil Company, Kampala, Uganda
Tunde OgunseitanCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, France
Henry QuinlanPartner, Head of International Arbitration Middle East, DLA Piper, Dubai
Ben SandersonOf Counsel and Global Practice Manager for International Arbitration, DLA Piper, London
James Mukasa SebugenyiPartner, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Sebalu & Lule, Kampala, Uganda
Ali SsekatawaDirector for Legal and Corporate Affairs of the Petroleum Authority of Uganda, Uganda
Barnabas TumusingizeManaging Partner, Sebalu & Lule, Kampala, Uganda
Hon. Justice David WangututsiHead of the Commercial Court, Uganda

Logistical notes

Kampala Serena Hotel


Free of Charge

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