E.Africa international Arbitration Conference 2022

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East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC 2022) returns to a physical venue at the Serena Hotel, Kigali-Rwanda on 16th & 17thJune 2022.

Hosted along the fringes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2022, the 9th edition EAIAC will present a content rich program delving into topical issues ranging from trends in government related arbitration in Africa, lessons in contracting and arbitration from global uncertainty and the pandemic, sustainability and environmental concerns in Arbitration, as well as Africa’s place in the progress of arbitration practice.  

Under the theme: Resettling for a New Age of International Arbitration in Africa: Climate Change, Global Partnerships & Sustainable Development, the program has been carefully prepared and will draw on the current global issues to explore opportunities for the practice to evolve, adapt and progress.

We invite to join us for insightful discussions & debates as we work towards promoting excellence in Arbitration practice.

Former Judge, Kenya
Chairman, Education Committee, CIArb Kenya
Partner, Trust Law Chambers, Rwanda
Senior Partner & Head, Dispute Resolution Practice Group DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)
DLA Piper Africa, Kenya (IKM Advocates)
Managing Partner, Kairuki Muigua & Co, Kenya
Senior Counsel, ICSID, USA
Judge, East Africa Court of , Tanzania
Partner, A.B. Patel & Patel Advocates, Kenya
Head of Legal at Al-Jazeera Bank, Sudan
Partner, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc., Kenya
Director, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. , South Africa
Secretary General, Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Rwanda
Paralegal, Al Aidarous Advocates and Legal Consultants, UAE
Judge, Arbitrator & Member (IADRU) 3VB, United Kingdom
Legal Practitioner, Uganda
Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP
Jimmy Kodo, International Arbitration Practitioner, Paris
Legal Practitioner, Mauritius
Founder, I-Arb Africa, Ethiopia
Partner, King & Spalding LLC, Singapore
Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, United Kingdom
Partner, Mawalla Advocates, Tanzania
Coordinator, International Advisory and Disputes Unit (IADRU)& EAA, United Kingdom
Partner, White & Case LLP, France
Partner, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
Partner, LALIVE, Switzerland
Avocat au Barreau de Paris, AfricArb, France
Avocat à la Cour,Reed Smith LLP, France
Chief Justice/President, Supreme Court, Rwanda
Partner, Juris Chambers East Africa & Former Secretary General, KIAC, Rwanda
Senior Associate, King & Spalding International LLP, United Kingdom
Partner, Dentons, Angola
Partner, Stephenson Harwood LLP, United Kingdom
Associate, Gikera & Vadgama Advocates, Kenya
Managing Partner, Kimathi & Partners, Ghana
Registrar/CEO, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, Kenya
Director, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
Managing Partner, MMAKS, Uganda
Partner, BLC Robert, Mauritius
Founding Partner, AZTAN Law Firm, Sudan
Partner Oraro & Company Advocates Kenya
Partner Ligomarc Advocates Uganda
Professor of International Commercial Law, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom
Senior Partner, Mohammed Muigai LLP, Kenya
Managing Partner, Axis Legal, Ghana
Axis Legal, Ghana
Managing Partner,  Swaleh, Mwangi & Company Advocates, Kenya
Swaleh, Mwangi & Company Advocates, Kenya
The Minister of Justice/Attorney General, Republic of Rwanda
Republic of Rwanda

Trends and hot topics in Governments related arbitration (Infrastructure Disputes) 

  • Power/transmission project developments and disputes 
  • Construction projects  developments and disputes 
  • Oil & gas and pipeline development and disputes (EACOP) 

The Double Whammy : Lesson in Contracting and Arbitration amidst Global Uncertainty /Pandemic  

  • Disruptions in the Global Supply Chain and effect/potential for disputes 
  • The East-West tug of war and anti-globalization’s Impact on investment in Africa  
  • Lessons and New Opportunities in Arbitration from the Pandemic  

Climate change, environment and sustainability disputes in Africa 

  • Climate, sustainability and ESG considerations for investors and DFIs in contracting 
  • Emerging areas in commercial disputes arising from climate, sustainability and ESG matters
  • The Green Pledge and tracking Climate Action in Arbitration

Fireside Chat: Perspectives from General Counsel on Arbitration (value to company, costs, reputation, among others)

Developments in Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Africa 

  • Arbitration laws of African countries departing from the New York Convention grounds for recognition and enforcement 
  • The Courts’ attitude towards New York Convention Award Enforcement: African case studies
  • The interpretation of the Public Policy New York Convention ground in African courts
  • Arbitrator’s lack of independence and impartiality as a New York Convention ground 

The Leadership Panel: 

Handing the Baton and Paying it Forward: Insights from seasoned leaders in the arbitration, mediation and disputes community in Africa, including Attorney Generals, senior counsel, senior arbitrators and Justices.

Arbitration and Technology

  • Smart Contracts and Blockchain
  • Smart Arbitration Technology
  • Fintech and Cryptos

Trends, Investment Protection and Sustainability in Africa’s Regional Blocks. 

  • North Africa
  • Anglophone West Africa
  • OHADA/French West Africa
  • Southern Africa
  • Lusophone Africa 

Intra-Africa Investment Treaties and Arbitration 

  • Intra-African BITs and MITs and Intra-African investment treaty disputes: the landscape and why so few compared to others.
  • Developments in ISDS Reform and the Impact on Africa. 
  • Analogy discussion on Intra-Europe BIT disputes and lessons for Africa.

Curbing impropriety in investments and in arbitration (investor wrong-doing and
corruption in arbitration)

The SHE Panel: Fostering female leaders in Africa’s international arbitration scene.

Oxford Style Debate: This house believes it’s time for Africa! A case for the use of African seats, arbitrators and Counsels for Africa related disputes.

  • Proponent – Reality – It should be fully achieved now 
  • Opponent – A myth - Not practical to achieve yet 
  • Arriving passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Antigen Rapid Test (RDT) taken 72 hours prior to departure (meaning you must be tested and get results within 3 days of  your flight).
  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda MUST complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 Rapid test certificate taken within 72 hours before heading to the airport.
  • An additional Antigen Rapid Test (RDT) will be taken upon arrival at USD5 cost. This cost will be met by individual delegates.
  • At the airport, the payment for the rapid test taken on arrival of 5 USD will be done as per the indications of the passenger locator form.
  • Departing passengers at Kigali International Airport must present a negative Rapid or PCR test (depending on requirement at destination) taken within 72 hours prior to departure.  To facilitate this, we are in talks with facilities in Kigali to offer this service to delegates at the hotel. We shall communicate more details closer to the conference.


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