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 350 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.

Who should attend?

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

Conference Programme

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Conference Speakers

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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

Training Speakers

The speakers of the training will be available soon.

Logistical Notes

Dates and venue4th ICC Africa Conference
Date: 18-19 June 2019
Venue: Lagos, Nigeria
ICC Institute Advanced Training
Date: 17 June 2019
Venue: Lagos, 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 2018. 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.
DisclaimerThe photos and audiovisual recordings taken at this meeting/event may be used and published by ICC, its subsidiaries or affiliates, for informational or promotional purposes in printed materials or online, including on ICC websites and in social media.

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