The future of arbitration in Africa: Accommodating economic growth and concomitant challenges

Nairobi, Kenya, • English

The ICC International Court of Arbitration and the International Bar Association, with the support of ICC Kenya, are co-organizing a conference to discuss the future of arbitration in Africa. The event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya on 5 June 2017.


The conference will explore the key issues driving arbitration on the continent with a primary focus on the evolution of arbitral practice and business, costs and up-to-date regional developments in international arbitration.

Who should attend?
This programme will benefit practicing lawyers, arbitrators, magistrates, engineers, academics, corporate counsel and LLM students.


Mohamed AbayazidPartner associate, Cabinet Avocats & Associés Abayazid & Abdourahman, Djibouti
Aisha AbdallahPartner, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
Mohamed S. AbdelWahabFounding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Egypt; Chair of Private International Law & Professor of International Arbitration, Cairo University; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Egypt
Isaiah BozimoPartner, Broderick Bozimo and Company, Nigeria
Philip DunhamPartner, Dechert LLP, France
Miannaya Essien, SAN, CArbManaging Partner, Principles Law Partnership, Nigeria
Njeri Kariuki,Chartered Arbitrator, Njeri Kariuki Advocate,  Kenya
Sami HouerbiDirector for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Dubai/Tunis
Andrew MackenzieCounsel, Hogan Lovells LLP, Dubai, UAE
John MilesManaging director of JMiles & Co, Kenya
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, France
Hon. Prof. Githu MuigaiAttorney General of Kenya
Thierry NgogaPartner at Legal Line Partners;

Former Registrar of Kigali International Arbitration Centre; Institute of Legal Practice & Development(ILPD), Rwanda

Seyilayo OjoSenior Partner, S. O. & C. Legal, Lagos, Nigeria
Mr. Isaac OkeroPresident of the Law Society of Kenya
Abha Patel SC FCIArbManaging Partner, Abha Patel & Associates, Zambia
Leyou TameruDirector of i-Arb Africa, Ethiopia
Justice Edward TorgborSpecialist International and

Chartered Arbitrator and Mediator, Kenya

Christophe von KrausePartner, White & Case, France
Alexander FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, France


09:00-10:00Opening Ceremonies


Opening Remarks

Remarks by Special Guest of Honour

10:00-12:00Session One

Arbitration as a Catalyst for Economic Growth on the Continent

14:00-15:30Session Two

Building an effective arbitration practice in Africa

•           Logistics associated with the practice on the continent

•           “it’s our turf” discussion

•           Effective skills (advocacy, drafting, training etc.)

15:30-16:00Tea Break
16:00-17:30Session Three

Rising cost of arbitration and the increasing complexity and depth. A cog in the wheel of the arbitral process? How will the continent respond?

17:30-17:45Closing speech

Logistical notes

The Intercontinental Hotel
City Hall Way, Nairobi
00200, Kenya


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