09May 19

International Commercial Arbitration

Windhoek, Namibia, • English

This conference, organized under the auspices of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, will provide participants with a first-hand experience and understanding of the ICC Arbitration procedure through practical and interactive sessions.


ICC International Court of Arbitration will be hosting their 1st ICC Namibia Arbitration Day, which will bring together leading practitioners from Namibia and abroad to discuss key issues in domestic and international arbitration.

Topics to be discussed include ‘Innovations in ICC Practices’, ‘Best practices in international arbitration’, ‘latest developments in Southern Africa’ and ‘overview of the current framework for arbitration in Namibia’.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the ICC Rules of Arbitration and practice of international commercial arbitration
  • Identify the issues and the role of the ICC Court’s Secretariat throughout the arbitral proceedings
  • Select and appoint appropriate arbitrators

Who should attend:
– Legal directors and corporate counsel from companies involved in international commercial arbitration
– Practising lawyers
– Other legal professionals


07:45 – 08:15Registration and networking
08:15 – 08:30Welcome address

Overview of the conference topics

Sami Houerbi

Meyer van den Berg

08:30 – 09:30Arbitration as a Catalyst for Economic Growth on the Continent

–        Developments in Southern Africa, including the new International Arbitration Act and the adoption of the Model Law: Reforming Arbitration law and practice in Southern Africa – an update

–        Introduction and overview of the current framework for arbitration in Namibia

Des Williams

Eliaser Nekwaya

09:30 – 10:30Modernizing Namibian Arbitration Law: A prerequisite to playing an active role in International Commercial Arbitration

–        Advantages of international arbitration

–        Drafting of the arbitration agreement

–        Seat of arbitration

–        Financial consequences of choosing arbitration

Lovisa Ihalwa

Joachim Kuckenburg

10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
11:00 – 11:30Q & A
11:30– 12:30Rising cost of arbitration and the increasing complexity and depth. A cog in the wheel of the arbitral process? How will the continent respond?

A Namibian Perspective?

Specificities of proceedings involving States and Public Entities

Meyer van den Berg

Joos Agenbach

12:30 – 13:30Light lunch
13:30 – 15:30Afternoon Session

Discussing Arbitrators’ appointments, practicalities of arbitration proceedings and drafting and scrutiny of arbitration awards

Herman Steyn

Tunde Ogunseitan


Joos AgenbachLegal Practitioner, Law Society of Namibia; Senior Partner, Koep & Partners; Member of the International Bar Association
Sami HouerbiDirector, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle-East & Africa; ICC Dispute Resolution Services, UAE;

Founding Partner, Houerbi Law Firm, Tunisia, France

Joachim KuckenburgRechtsanwalt , KAB-KUCKENBURG BURETH BOINEAU et Associés, France
Lovisa IhalwaLegal Practitioner, Law Society of Namibia; Office of the Attorney-General
Eliaser NekwayaLegal Practitioner, Law Society of Namibia; Member, Society of Advocates of Namibia
Tunde OgunseitanCounsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, France
Herman SteynLegal Practitioner, Law Society of Namibia; Member, Society of Advocates of Namibia
Meyer van den BergLegal Practitioner, Law Society of Namibia; Partner, Koep & Partners; Honorary Research Affiliate: DST/NRF Chair for Mineral Law in Africa, University of Cape Town
Des WilliamsPartner, Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa

Logistical notes


Hotel Thule

1 Gorges Street,

Windhoek, Namibia


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