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.


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.

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.
10.30-11.00Coffee 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
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.
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 KamauInternational Law Practitioner & Arbitrator, 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
10.00 – 10.30Coffee break
10.30 – 11.30ICC Centenary Celebration: Stop the rise in global inequality
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.
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?
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.
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.
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”).
13.00 – 14.00Lunch
14.00 – 15.30Oxford 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.”

18-19 June Conference Speakers

The speakers of the conference will be available soon.

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: Lagos, Nigeria
Registration fees4th ICC Africa Conference (including ICC Centenary Gala Dinner)

Early bird until 17 May 2019: US$ 250 (around N90,300)

ICC Members: US$ 305 (around N110,200)

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

ICC Centenary Gala Dinner (only)

US$ 70 (around N25,000)

ICC Institute Advanced Training 

Early bird until 17 May 2019: US$ 250 (around N90,300)

ICC Member: US$ 299 (around N108,000)

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

Discount Package (-20%): Training and Conference

Early bird until 17 May 2019: US$ 400 (around N144,600)

ICC Members: US$ 485 (around N175,300)

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

The registration fees are exempted from VAT by the Law and Practice in Nigeria.
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 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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