17-19Jun

4th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

Lagos, Nigeria, • English, French
ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

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.

Description

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 300 participants representing about 15 countries.

The ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on “Drafting enforceable awards” will take place on 17 June 2019 in English only. Please note that this training is sold out.

The ICC Centenary Gala Dinner celebrating 100 years of ICC will take place on the evening of 18 June 2019 after the conference at the same venue.

Who should attend?

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

17 June Training Programme

Monday 17 June 2019
09.00-09.15Welcoming address and introduction
09.15-10.00Drafting an arbitral award: which drafting style?
Participants will receive first-hand guidelines and knowlegde on best practices pertaining to award legal drafting styles. How legal systems and tradictions can influence drafting techniques, the different approaches in civil and common law. How to improve the quality of the award, by getting away from the “copy and paste” drafting style, to properly reflect the reasons behind the arbitral decisions, identifying how much “reasoning” is necessary to render a fully convincing award and secure its enforceability.
10.00-10.00Discussion
10.30-11.00Coffee break
11.00-11.45Drafting an arbitral award: spotlight on specific issues
This session will focus on particular sections of the award which often present difficulties and challenges in particular:
(1) Jurisidiction and applicable law
(2) Damages
(3) Auxiliary remedies: interest and costs
11.45-12.15Discussion
12.15-14.15Lunch
14.15-14.45Introduction to scrutiny of the award by the ICC International Court of Arbitration (ICC Court)
Participants will gain a deeper insight into a distinctive feature of ICC arbitration, the ICC Court’s scrutiny of all draft awards. An ICC representative will share her expertise on the ICC Court scrutiny process, the different levels of review, the assistance adn tools provided by the Secretariat of the Court, such as the “ICC Award Checklist”, to help arbitral tribunals, although respecting their liberty of decision, draft more legally effective awards.
14.45-15.00Discussion
15.00-16.15Working groups: draft award review before scrutiny by the ICC Court
Participants will be given the opportunity to study a draft award, in the conditions in which a draft award would be reviewed before scruiny by the ICC Court. Each working group will be responsible for reviewing the draft award and will make its comments as if it were a Counsel of the Secretariat of the ICC Court.
16.15-16.45Coffee break
16.45-17.30Mock Court session: scrutiny of the award by the ICC Court and debate
This is an opportunity for participants to witness the type of discussions that are held between memebers of the ICC Court and representatives of the Secretariat when reviewing a draft award. The parties to this mock court session will debate on the draft award reviewed by the working groups.
17.30-17.45Concluding remarks

17 June Training Speakers

Mohammed S. Abdel WahabFounding Partner and Head of International Arbitration, Zulficar & Partners; Chair of Private International Law, Cairo University, Egypt; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Marietta Brew Appiah-OpongManaging Partner, LithurBrew & Company, Ghana; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Diamana DiawaraCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Nedine DossouManaging Partner, Cabinet Robert M. Dossou, Benin; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Ike EhiribeBarrister, Chartered Arbitrator & Accredited Mediator, United Kingdom
Ndanga KamauFounder, Ndanga Kamau Law, The Netherlands; Vice-President, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Krista LeeBarrister, Chartered Arbitrator CIArb, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
Elizabeth Oger-GrossPartner, White & Case LLP, France
Tunde OgunseitanCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

18-19 June Conference Programme

Tuesday 18 June 2019
08.00 – 09.00Registration & Welcome coffee
09.00 – 10.00Opening session
Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Babatunde Savage, Chair, ICC Nigeria, Lagos
Gabriel Olawoyin, SAN, Chair, ICC Nigeria Commission on Arbitration & ADR
Mike Igbokwe, SAN, Chairman, Planning Committee, ICC Nigeria, Lagos; Principal Counsel, Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co., Nigeria
John Denton, Secretary General, ICC International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
10.00 – 10.30Coffee break
10.30 – 11.30ICC Centenary Celebration: Stop the rise in global inequality
John Denton, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce
Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour, Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co., Nigeria; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Alexander G. Fessas, Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
Alexis Mourre, President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Moderated by:

Ndanga Kamau, Founder, Ndanga Kamau Law, Kenya; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Nairobi

11.30 – 13.00Presenting damages in Construction Arbitration
Damages are a critical component of any arbitration. Yet, preparations to prove, resist or mitigate damages are often dealt with to the eve of the evidentiary hearing. Ideally, counsel should be thinking about and preparing their case for or against damages from the outset.
Panellists in this session will discuss the steps necessary for success in presenting damages in construction arbitration.
Topics to be covered include when/how to begin thinking about damages; when and/or how to involve an expert; the ICC’s Expert Witness Rules; using expert reports to your advantage; examination of experts; and how to use demonstrative technology for effective presentations.
Robert Wheal, Partner, White & Case, United Kingdom
Yolanda Ngozi Walker, Senior Associate, CMS, United Kingdom
Krista Lee, Barrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
Moderated by:

Thierry Ngoga, Partner, Legal Line Partners, Rwanda

13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.30Dispute Resolution under the AfCTA: A new look at the Calvo Doctrine
Once implemented, the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) will provide a rule-based dispute settlement mechanism for the resolution of any disputes that may arise between State Parties in the application of the Agreement.
Panellists in this session will examine the dispute resolution provisions in the AfCTA and consider whether they mark a retreat from the Calvo Doctrine and a return to diplomatic espousal.
If so, are African investors as protected as non-Africans? Is there another option for investor protection?
Adetola Onayemi, Head, Trade Remedies & Assistant Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, Nigeria
Leyou Tameru, Founder, I-Arb Africa, Ethiopia; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Mamadou Ismaila Konaté, Attorney at Law (Mali and Paris Bars), former Minister of Justice, Mali
Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe LLP, Senegal
Moderated by:

Folashade Alli, Principal Partner, Folashade Alli & Associates, Nigeria

15.30 – 16.30Blockchain, Smart Contracts & Arbitration
Blockchain technologies have been in new headlines over recent years. While digital currencies such as Bitcoin remain in the spotlight, ‘blockchaining’ may change the way in which some modern companies do business. Its effects are already streamlining cross-border trade to be more transparent and efficient.
Arbitration may be the ideal dispute resolution system for blockchain-related issues. The first part of the session will explain the technical foundations of a blockchain. The second part will address the legal implications of smart contracts. The third part will explore the resolution of disputes using blockchain technology.
Brandon Malone, International Arbitrator, Quadrant Chambers, United Kingdom
Madeline Kimei, Commercial/Corporate Lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator & ADR Specialist, Tanzania
Ope Olugasa, Managing Director, Law Pavilion, Nigeria
Moderated by:

Babajimi Ayorinde, Partner, TNP, Nigeria

18.00Dinner
Wednesday 19 June 2019
09.30 – 11.00Arbitration of Banking & Financial Disputes
The recent ICC Report on Financial Institutions and International Arbitration has challenged the historical perception that arbitration is unsuitable for disputes involving financial institutions.
The session will review the reasons for the change, discuss the changing landscape of financial disputes and consider the specific procedural needs of the financial industry. It will also explore the potential for growth through the adaptation of specialised arbitration rules.
Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, France
Patricia Peterson, Chartered Independent Arbitrator and Counsel, France
Tim Hardy, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator, United Kingdom
Moderated by:

Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Founding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Egypt

11.00 – 11.30Coffee break
11.30 – 13.00Diversity and Disqualification: Recent Trends in Domestic and International Arbitration
Africa has a robust legal profession experienced in international commercial arbitration and international dispute resolution. However, there is a negative correlation between the number of disputes with an African connection, and the number of African Arbitrators appointed to those (and other) disputes.
This diversity problem is not limited to international Arbitration. Results from the 2018 SOAS/ BBaC Survey show that 58% of respondents had never been appointed as arbitrator in domestic arbitration. The data, therefore, suggest that a select pool of arbitratos have a disproportionate share of the domestic market.
The session will examine the need for greater transparency and guidance as to the selection and appointment of arbitrators. The session will also examine how existing rules relating to arbitration appointments such as IBA Guidelines on Conflict of Interest, ICC Arbitration Rules etc. address diversity issues (including race, age, gender and the “select pool”).
Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chair of International Law, Cairo University, Egypt; Independent Arbitrator
Oluwatosin Lewis, Executive Secretary, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Nigeria
Sami Houerbi, Director for Eastern Mediterranean, Middel East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis
Moderated by:

Chikwendu Madumere, Partner, Madumere & Madumere, Nigeria

13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 16.00Oxford Style Debates
Thirty-Eight African States are party to the New York Convention. However, to establish African jurisdictions as “safe seats”, this is not enough in and of itself. An investor will require some comfort that the local judiciary will support arbitration and uphold the New York Convention, practitioners will accept the finality of arbitral awards and that the Continent has strong dispute resolution infrastructure.
Speakers in this final session will engage in Oxford Union style debates on the following motions:
1. “This House believes that African Courts have not supported the Arbitral process.”
2. “This House believes that the proliferation of Arbitral Institutions in Africa is harmful to the development of arbitration on the Continent.”
3. “This House believes that investment arbitration inhibits the advance of the rule of law in developing countries.”
Diamana Diawara, Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Tolulope Aderemi, Partner, Perchstone&Graeys, Nigeria
Hussein Haeri, Partner and Co-Head of International Arbitration, Withers Worldwide, United Kingdom
Laura Alakija, Partner, Primera Africa Legal, Nigeria
Tunde Oyewole, Senior Associate, Orrick Rambaud Martel, France
Adebayo Folahan Ajayi, Senior Counsel, ACAS Law, Nigeria
Moderated by:

Naomi Tarawali, Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, France

16.00 – 16.10Closing remarks
Olubunmi Osuntuyi, Secretary General, ICC Nigeria, Lagos

18-19 June Conference Speakers

Laurie Achtouk-SpivakCounsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, France
Tolulope AderemiPartner, Perchstone&Graeys, Nigeria
Adebayo Folahan AjayiSenior Counsel, ACAS Law, Nigeria
Laura AlakijaPartner, Primera Africa Legal, Nigeria
Folashade AlliPrincipal Partner, Folashade Alli & Associates, Nigeria
Babajimi Ayorinde Partner, TNP, Nigeria
John DentonSecretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris
Diamana DiawaraCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Alexander FessasSecretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration; Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Paris
Hussein HaeriPartner & Co-Head of International Arbitration, Withers Worldwide, United Kingdom
Tim HardyIndependent Arbitrator and Mediator, United Kingdom
Sami HouerbiDirector for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle-East & Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis
Mike Igbokwe, SANChairman, Planning Committee, ICC Nigeria, Lagos; Principal Counsel, Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co., Nigeria
Ndanga KamauFounder, Ndanga Kamau Law, Kenya; Vice President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Nairobi
Mouhamed KebeManaging Partner, Geni & Kebe LLP, Senegal
Madeline KimeiCommercial/Corporate lawyer, Arbitrator, Mediator & ADR Specialist, Tanzania
Mamadou Ismaila KonatéAttorney at law (Mali and Paris Bars), former Minister of Justice, Mali
Krista LeeBarrister & Chartered Arbitrator, Keating Chambers, United Kingdom
Oluwatosin LewisExecutive Secretary, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Nigeria
Chikwendu MadumerePartner, Madumere & Madumere, Nigeria
Brandon MaloneInternational Arbitrator, Quadrant Chambers, United Kingdom
Alexis MourrePresident, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
Thierry NgogaPartner, Legal Line Partners, Rwanda
Gabriel Olawoyin, SANChair, ICC Nigeria Commission on Arbitration & ADR, Lagos
Ope OlugasaManaging Director, Law Pavilion, Nigeria
Adetola OnayemiHead, Trade Remedies & Assistant Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations, Nigeria
Yemi Osinbajo, SANVice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Tunde OyewoleSenior Associate, Orrick Rambaud Martel, France
Patricia PetersonChartered Independent Arbitrator and Counsel, France
Adedoyin Rhodes-VivourManaging Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co, Nigeria; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Mohamed Sameh AmrChair of International Law, Cairo Univerisity, Egypt; Independent Arbitrator
Leyou TameruFounder, I-Arb Africa; Ethiopia; Member, ICC International Court of Arbitration
Babatunde SavageChair, ICC Nigeria, Lagos
Naomi TarawaliAssociate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP., France
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel WahabFounding Partner, Zulficar & Partners, Egypt
Yolanda Ngozi WalkerSenior Associate, CMS, United Kingdom
Robert WhealPartner, White & Case, United Kingdom

Logistical Notes

Dates and venue4th ICC Africa Conference
Date: 18-19 June 2019
Venue: The Bell, Campbell Center, 63, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, Lagos
ICC Centenary Gala Dinner
Date: 18 June 2019
Venue: The Bell, Campbell Center, 63, Campbell Street, Lagos Island, Lagos
ICC Institute Advanced Training
Date: 17 June 2019
Venue: The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Registration fees4th ICC Africa Conference (including ICC Centenary Gala Dinner)

Early bird until 31 May 2019: US$ 250 (around N90,300)

ICC Members: US$ 308 (around N110,844) (To benefit from the ICC Mmeber rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)

Non Members: US$ 385 (around N139,100)

ICC Centenary Gala Dinner (only)

US$ 70 (around N25,000)

ICC Institute Advanced Training 

Early bird until 31 May 2019: US$ 250 (around N90,300)

ICC Member: US$ 300 (around N108,000) (To benefit from the ICC Mmeber rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)

Non Member: US$ 375 (around N135,500)

Discount Package (-20%): Training and Conference

Early bird until 31 May 2019: US$ 400 (around N144,600)

ICC Members: US$ 486,4 (around N175,300) (To benefit from the ICC Mmeber rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)

Non Members: US$ 608 (around N219,800)

The registration fees for the conference include the coffee breaks, lunches and dinner.

The registration fees for the training include coffe breaks and lunch.

The registration fees are exempted from VAT by the Law and Practice in Nigeria.
Special discountsGroup rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.
In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representativesmay benefit from a 20% discount.
Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.
ICC Members: please contact your National Committee to receive the discount code to access the member rate (20% reduction).
Travel and accomodationTravel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.
VisaVisa applications for entry into the Nigeria can take several weeks to process. If travelers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter Nigeria, we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process well in advance. ICC Nigeria is able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration online.
Working languagesConference: English & French
Training: English
Credits and hoursICC 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 Englandand Wales.
French Bards: this conference and training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for reimbursement from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions
Cancellation policy50% of the registration fees will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 18 May 2019. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Updated registration information will be required. Please be informed that any formation of cancellation will inclur a cancellation fee of €5 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Please note that ICC Nigeria reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Nigeria will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses incurred by the participant.
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ICC YAF - Effective Oral Advocacy: How to persuade Arbitrators

The ICC Young Arbitration Forum (ICC YAF) will organise a panel discussion on Oral Advocacy: How to Persuade Arbitrators on 20 June 2019.

To see the full information about the programme and the speakers please click here.

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