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.


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


07:30 – 08:00Registration and networking
08:00 – 08:15Welcome 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

Moderator: Tunde Ogunseitan

Des Williams

– 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

Eliaser Nekwaya

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

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

Lovisa Ihalwa

– Advantages of international arbitration

– Drafting of the arbitration agreement

– Seat of arbitration

– Financial consequences of choosing arbitration

10:30 – 11:00Coffee break
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 – 01:30Light lunch
01:30 – 03:30Afternoon Session

Herman Steyn

Joachim Kuckenburg 

Tunde Ogunseitan

Sami Houerbi

– Conference: Time limit to render the award

– Drafting of the award

– Scrutiny of the award – Life of an arbitral award


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


For registration and more information please contact Mrs. Renate Williamson.

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