04May 19

ICC YAF: Why we should choose Arbitration over Litigation?

Kabul, Afghanistan, • Dari, Pashto and English

Join us to exchange thoughts on arbitration during this conference that will give participants a better understanding of arbitration and how it can help to attract FDI to Afghanistan.


This event aims to strengthen ties among younger members of the international arbitration community and provide opportunities to meet and discuss current issues facing the international arbitration practice.

Who should attend?

This conference is aimed at young arbitration practitioners of approximately 40 years or under: counsel, arbitrators, corporate counsel or academics. The ICC YAF Conference is an ideal forum for young practitioners to exchange thoughts on international arbitration and to enrich their network in the region.


13:00-13:30 hoursRegistration
13:30-13:50 hoursWelcoming remarks
13:50-14:35 hoursPanel Discussion (Alternative Dispute Resolution in general)
14:35- 14:45 hoursQ&A
14:45-15:30 hoursPanel Discussion (how arbitration can help to attract FDI in Afghanistan, Pathological Arbitration Clauses in Arbitration agreement, Arbitration in taxation, enforcement of foreign Arbitral Award)
15:30-15:40 hoursQ&A
15:40-15:50 hoursBreak
15:50-16:30 hoursOxford style debate on “Is Arbitration a credible alternative to Courts to resolve commercial disputes in Afghanistan? The Pros and cons”

For the Motion:

Zahid Omarzai, Associate Attorney, RIA Barker Gillette Afghanistan

Aisha Shinwari, Assistant Legal Manager, Afghanistan International Bank

Against the Motion:

Arezo Hotak, Attorney at Law.

Ghazia Popalzai, Junior Associate, RIA Barker Gillette Afghanistan

16:30-16:40 hoursConclusion and closing remarks
16:40 hoursFree networking time, refreshments & Art exhibition


Abdul Qadir BahmanSecretary General &CEO, ICC Afghanistan
Nematullah BarekzaiManaging Partner, Lex Ferghana, Kabul, Afghanistan
Sayed Zakaria HashimiManaging Partner, Rights Global Legal Consultants
Enayat QasimiMember of ICC International Court of Arbitration, Chairman of ICC Afghanistan Arbitration & ADR Commission and Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP,


Haroun RahimiLL.M, PH.D University of Washington, Law professor, American University of Afghanistan
Freshta Zuhal RahmanPartner, Rosenstock Legal Services, LL.M, Emory Law School, LL.M, London School of Economics, Vice-Chair of ICC Afghanistan Commercial Law & Practice Commission.
Emraan RahmaniICC YAF Representative for Afghanistan, Dispute Resolution Manager,  ICC Afghanistan & Dispute Resolution Ambassador, The Alliance equality in Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom.
Zahid SafiVice President, RIA Barker Gillette Afghanistan
Ismail ShahidPartner, Lex Ferghana, Kabul, Afghanistan

Logistical notes


OTA(Online Trading Academy) conference hall

Kolola Poshta

Kabul, Afghanistan


To register, please send your contact details by email.

For more information, please contact:

  • Emraan Rahmani
  • +93-792-49 4008
  • ICC YAF Representative for Afghanistan, Dispute Resolution Manager, ICC Afghanistan, & Dispute Resolution Ambassador, The Alliance equality in Dispute Resolution, United Kingdom.
  • Aslam Popal
  • +93-780-365 644
  • Membership and MTTA Officer, ICC Afghanistan
  • Aimal Fayez
  • +93-771-111-115
  • Associate Attorney, Rosenstock Legal

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