5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

01-04 Jun 2021

Online English, French CLE/MCLE/CPD/CNB credits & hours available
09.00 (Lagos) | 10.00 (Paris) | 08.00 (Accra) | 10.00 (Nairobi)

Agenda of the week: 1-4 June 2021

(Lagos time zone)

1 June
> 09.00-11.30 WAT: ICC Africa Commission & ICC BRI Commission session
> 11.30-13.00 WAT: ICC Young Arbitrators Forum session

1 & 2 June, 13.00- 16.30 WAT
> ICC Institute Advanced Level Training “Production of documents in international arbitration”

2 June, 10.00-11.30 WAT ICC SME LABS Series Legal essentials for start-ups: Future-proofing your business using ICC Model Contracts

3-4 June, 5th ICC Africa conference on international arbitration: “Arbitration in Africa: Expanding the Scope”

ICC’s annual Africa conference “Arbitration in Africa: Expanding the Scope”, 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.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Africa
Thursday 3 June: Conference programme
Friday 4 June: Conference programme

(Lagos time zone)

08.30 – 09.00

Networking: Lets meet at the networking tables

09.00 – 09.45

Opening Session – Welcome and Keynote Address

  • Funmi Roberts, C.Arb,  Chairman, Planning Committee
  • Alexis Mourre, President of the Court
  • Babatunde Savage, Chair, ICC Nigeria, Lagos
  • Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria
  • John W.H. Denton, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris

Session coordinator

  • Sola Ephrain-Oluwanuga, C.Arb

09.50 – 11.05

1st Plenary Session

From Walls to Bridges: A Practical Approach to Expanding the Scope of Arbitration in Africa

Although there has been robust increase in Africa-related arbitration, this has not translated to an increase in the use of Africa as a seat of Arbitration. The session seeks to do the following:

1. Explore the practical considerations which investors, state parties, arbitrators and other users consider while negotiating the underlying contracts that provide for Arbitration

2. Discuss the use of Arbitration as a developmental tool in Africa, proffering solutions for infrastructural reform and improved efficiency of the arbitral process in Africa

3. Consider whether the consolidation of Arbitral Institutions on the Continent might strengthen the position of arbitration in Africa and promote its expansion 

4. Review issues such as changes in governmental attitude towards: appointing African Nationals in resolving their disputes, making Africa their choice of Arbitral Seat, and promoting ease of cross-border business

5. Propose means of continuous training and development of the judiciary and other interested users of Arbitration

  • Kamal Shah, Partner, Head of the Africa & India Groups, Stephenson Harwood LLP, India
  • Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe, Senegal
  • Thomas Snider, Partner, Head of Arbitration, Al Tamimi & Co., United Arab Emirates
  • Suzanne Rattray, FCIArb, Director, Rankin Engineering Consultants, Zambia

Moderator:

  • Godwin Omoaka, SAN, Partner, Templars, Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Folashade Alli, C.Arb

11.10 – 12.10

 

Breakout Sessions I & II

I. Africa as the new el dorado of arbitration – creating an avant-garde legal landscape

This session examines the legal frameworks of key African jurisdictions from the perspective of how they impact, for good or bad, initiatives to expand the scope of arbitration in Africa. The legal framework of a particular jurisdiction includes its Constitution, its statutes, its judicial organisation (including the philosophy, policies, procedures and practices of its courts) and its international law (customary international law, bilateral and multilateral treaties).

  • Moses Adriko SC, Managing Partner, MMAKS Advocates, Uganda
  • Githu Muigai SC, Senior Partner, Mohammed Muigai Advocates, Kenya
  • Dany Khayat, Partner, Mayer Brown, France
  • Daniel Wilmot, Partner, STEWARTS, United Kingdom
  • Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb

Moderator:

  • Sami Houerbi, Director for the Mediterranean and the Middle East, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis

Session coordinator

  • Tunde Fagbohunlu
II. Judicial Innovation within Jurisdictional Limits – Practical Considerations

This session will examine judicial participation in Arbitration. Mindful of the important role that a pro-arbitration friendly court system takes in promoting arbitration, this Panel discussion will feature a cross-pollination of ideas on how, within individual jurisdictional constraints, the domestic and treaty based regional courts in Africa can innovate to enhance the integrity of the arbitral process and resultant awards.

  • Paulman Chungu, Co-Managing Partner, Ranchhod, Chungu Advocates (“RCA”), Incoming Chair CiArb, Zambia
  • A. Adefope-Okojie, Hon. Justice, JCA, Nigeria
  • Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, Former Attorney-General & Minister for Justice, Republic of Ghana
  • Jimmy Kodo, Technical Adviser to the President, OHADA, Ivory Coast

Moderator:

  • Abimbola Akeredolu, SAN -  Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Seyilayo Ojo, C.Arb 

12.10 – 12.40

Comfort break

12.45 – 13.45

 

Breakout Sessions III & IV

III. Emerging Areas in Arbitration: Moving with the Trend

Discussion on the Session topic will focus on emerging areas in arbitration such as:

- Arbitration of climate change related disputes;

- Mining and energy disputes;

- Online dispute resolution mechanism; and

- Issues surrounding expanding the scope of arbitration in Africa into these new and emerging areas.  

  • Thierry Tomasi, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, France
  • Ijeoma Ononogbu, Member, ODR, Task Force – International Mediation Centre, United Kingdom
  • Ucheora Onwuamaegbu, Consulting Attorney, International Trade Practice, Arent Fox, Washington, DC, United States

Moderator:

  • Sally El Sawah, Deputy Secretary General, African Arbitration Assotiation, Egypt

Session coordinator

  • Akin Ajibola & Od

IV. The role of arbitration in the development of new areas of Intellectual Property

  • Pauline McharoCounsel, Public Sector, Kenya
  • Stavros Brekoulakis, Professor in International Arbitration, Queen Mary University, United Kingdom
  • Priscilia Ogwemoh, Managing Partner, Kevin, Martin & Ogwemoh, Nigeria

Moderator:

  • Bankole Sodipo, Senior Partner, G.O. Sodipo & Co., Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Obosa Akpata, C.Arb

13.50 – 14.00

Closing remarks

  • Adeyemi Agbelusi, FCIArb, Chairman, Logistics & Publicity, 5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration
  • Folashade Alli, C.Arb, Legal Practitioner, Chatered Arbitrator and Mediator, Folashade Alli & Associates, Nigeria

14.00 – 14.30

Networking: Lets meet at the networking tables

(Lagos time zone)

08.30 – 09.00

Networking: Lets meet at the networking tables

09.00 – 09.15

Opening remarks

  • Diamana Diawara, Africa Director, Arbitration and ADR, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Claudia T. Salomon, Elected President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

09.00 – 10.05

2nd Plenary Session

Sustaining the Value of International Arbitration through the Tool of Ethics: A Word from the Stakeholders
International arbitration has attracted an array of participants—counsel, arbitrators, experts, and funders—from diverse cultural and legal backgrounds. This has, consequently, given rise to the subject of ethics, in its various contexts, which has become a practical problem of high importance in the administration of international arbitration.

The session seeks to address issues arising from ethics in international arbitration, including:

1. the development and importance of ethics, in its various facets, in international arbitration,

2. the complexities of various ethical issues that arise in international arbitration from the perspectives of counsel, arbitrators, experts and funders,

3. the ethical duties of counsel and arbitrators in international arbitration, and

4. the applicability of existing national ethical guidelines and the need or otherwise of establishing enforceable ethical norms, particularly in circumstances where counsel and arbitrator(s) from different jurisdictions are involved in the same dispute.

  • Patrick Taylor, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, United Kingdom
  • Antonia Birt, Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, United Arab Emirates Gbolahan Elias, SAN, Partner, G. Elias & Co, Nigeria
  • Prof. Gbolahan Elias, SAN Partner, G. Elias & Co, Nigeria
  • José Feris, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, France; Former Deputy Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Moderator:

  • Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, SAN, Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co., Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Stanley U.Nweke-Eze

 10.05 – 11.05

Breakout Sessions V & VI

V. COVID-19: Accelerating the use of technology in arbitration in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities?

  • Anish Wadia FCIArb, Independent Arbitrator &Mediator, Board Member – Chinese European Arbitration Association (CEAA), Germany
  • Nania Owusu-Ankomah FCIArb, Partner - Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, Ghana
  • Obioma Ofoego, Associate, Quinn Emanuel, Nigeria
  • Ashwita Ambast, Legal Counsel, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Netherlands

Moderator:

  • Ademola Bamgbose, International Arbitration Lawyer, Hogan Lovells International LLP, United Kingdom; Director, Africa Arbitration Academy

Session coordinator

  • Adeyemi Agbelusi, FCIArb

VI. AfCFTA investment protocol: a tool for a common African position on international investment law?

  • Beatrice Chaytor, Senior Expert, Trade in Services (technical), African Union, Ethiopia
  • Petina Gappah, Counsel, Advisory on WTO Law, Switzerland
  • Leyou Tameru, I-Arb, Legal Consultant and the Founder of I-Arb Africa, Ethiopia

Moderator:

  • Funke Adekoya, SAN, Founding Partner, AELEX, Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Foluke Akinmoladun, C.Arb

11.05 – 11.35

Comfort Break

11.35 – 12.35

 

Breakout Sessions VII & VIII

VII. Third Party Funding- Pros and Cons

Third-party funding (3PF) is an established form of litigation costs risk management.

There has been a slow and steady rise in litigation funding in the region due to the region’s development of local infrastructure that support both litigation and arbitration. 

Given that Africa is projected to be one of the fastest growing economies in the next decade, ushering a myriad of investments on the continent, it is 5xpected that there would be an increase in in Investment Treaty Arbitration which typically focuses on commercial losses occasioned by expropriatory actions of a host State.

This session will discuss the pros and cons of the 3PF in the African region in assisting with arbitration claims.

  • Ned Beale, Partner, Hausfeld, United Kingdom
  • Zuko Nonxuba, Chief Executive Officer, Nonxuba Inc, South Africa
  • Ryham Ragab, Independent Arbitrator; Group General Counsel, Samcrete Engineering Investments Egypt
  • Tunde Ogunseitan, Professor, United Kingdom; former Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Moderator:

  • Konyin Ajayi, Managing Partner, Olaniwu and Ajayi, Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Kolawola Mayomi, FCIArb
VIII. In-house arbitration: Examining the use of arbitration in employment disputes

The use of arbitration in the resolution of employment disputes represents a revolutionary change in the landscape of employment dispute resolution. Advocates and critics alike have debated whether the growth of arbitration in employment dispute represents a more efficient and equitable mechanism for resolving disputes that would otherwise clog the courts, or an imposition of a mandatory arbitration mechanism on unwitting employees that undermines the statutory rights designed to protect them.

The session seeks to address issues arising from use of arbitration in employment disputes, including:

» the practical applicability of the use of arbitration in an employment dispute context;
» the enforceability of agreements to arbitrate employment disputes and judicial attitude of foreign courts on the application of arbitration in resolution of employment disputes;
» the selection of the arbitral procedure and determination of other outstanding issues such as cost of arbitration etc. in view of the perceived unequal economic power of employers and employees; and
» the benefits and limitations of the use of arbitration in resolution of employment disputes.

  • Offornze Amucheazi, SAN, FCIArb, Principal Partner, Amucheazi, Ozioko & Co; Professor of Arbitration and Employment Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria
  • Anne Abeja, Company Secretary/ Head of Legal and Compliance, Housing Finance Bank, Uganda
  • Folabi Kuti, Partner, Perchstone & Graeys, Nigeria
  • Muyiwa Olulaja, Head, Talent Management, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria

Moderator

  • Sola AdegbonmireManaging Partner, Sola Ajijola & Co., Nigeria

Session coordinator

  • Oyinkan Badejo-Okusanya

12.40 – 13.40

Debate-style session

“Have regional initiatives expanded the scope of Arbitration practice in Africa?”

The debate will seek to highlight the positive impact of regional initiatives on the growth of arbitration in Africa, while identifying the flaws in the existing initiatives, and, importantly, proposing solutions to identified problems.

  • Timi Balogun, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, United Kingdom
  • Luisa Cetina, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
  • Priyesh Daya, Webber Wentzel, South Africa
  • Talkmore Chidede, Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, South Africa

Moderator:

  • Samantha Nataf, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, France

Session coordinator

  • Hamid Abdulkareem & Fidelis Adewole, F.CIarb

13.45 – 14.00

Vote of thanks

  • Olubunmi Osuntuyi, Secretary General, ICC Nigeria, Nigeria

Closing remarks

  • Funmi Roberts C.Arb, Chairman, 5th ICC Africa Conference on Internaional Arbitration, Nigeria

Conference wrap up

  • Diamana Diawara, Director for Africa, Arbitration and ADR? ICC Internatioanl Court of Arbitration, Paris

14.00 – 14.30

Networking: Lets meet at the networking tables

Laurie Achtouk-Spivak

Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb, France

A. Adefope-Okojie

Hon. Justice, JCA, Nigeria

Funke Adekoya

SAN, Founding Partner, AELEX, Nigera

Sola Adegbonmire

Managing Partner, Sola Ajijola & Co., Nigeria

Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo

Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria

Moses Adriko

SC Senior Partner, Mohammed Muigai Advocates, Uganda

Adeyemi Agbelusi FCIArb

Chairman, Logistics & Publicity, 5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

Konyin Ajayi

Managing Partner, Olaniwu and Ajayi, Nigeria

Abimbola Akeredolu

SAN, Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo, Nigeria

Folashade Alli

Principal Partner, Folashade Alli & Associates, Nigeria

Ashwita Ambast

Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Netherlands

Offornze Amucheazi

SAN, FCIArb – Principal Partner, Amucheazi, Ozioko & Co; Professor of Arbitration and Employment Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria

Ademola Bamgbose

International Arbitration Lawyer, Hogan Lovells International LLP, United Kingdom; Director, Africa Arbitration Academy

Timi Balogun

Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, United Kingdom

Ned Beale

Partner, Hausfeld, United Kingdom

Antonia Birt

Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, United Arab Emirates

Stavros Brekoulakis

Professor in International Arbitration, Queen Mary University, United Kingdom

Marietta Brew Appiah-Opong

Former Attorney-General & Minister for Justice, Republic of Ghana

Luisa Cetina

Director, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya

Beatrice Chaytor

Senior Expert, Trade in Services (technical), African Union, Ethiopia

Talkmore Chidede

Trade Law Centre for Southern Africa, South Africa

Paulman Chungu

Managing Partner, Ranchlod, Zambia

Priyesh Daya

Partner, Webber Wentzel, South Africa

John W.H. Denton

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris

Diamana Diawara

Director for Africa, ICC Arbitration and ADR, Paris

Sally El Sawah

Deputy Secretary General, African Arbitration Association, Egypt

Gbolahan Elias

SAN, Partner, G. Elias & Co, Nigeria

José Feris

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, France; Former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration

Petina Gappah

Counsel, Advisory on WTO Law, Switzerland

Sami Houerbi

Director for the Mediterranean and the Middle East, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Abu Dhabi/Tunis

Mouhamed Kebe

Managing Partner, Geni & Kebe, Senegal

Dany Khayat

Partner, Mayer Brown, France

Jimmy Kodo

Technical Adviser to the President, OHADA, Ivory Coast

Folabi Kuti

Partner, Perchstone & Graeys, Nigeria

Pauline Mcharo

Counsel, Public Sector, Kenya

Alexis Mourre

President of the Court, France

Githu Muigai

SC Senior Partner, Mohammed Muigai Advocates, Kenya

Samantha Nataf

De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés, France

Zuko Nonxuba

Chief Executive Officer, NonxubaInc, South Africa

Obioma Ofoego

Associate, Quinn Emanuel, Nigeria

Tunde Ogunseitan

Professor, United Kingdom; former Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration

Priscilla Ogwemoh

Managing Partner, Kevin Martin Ogwemoh Legal, Nigeria

Muyiwa Olulaja

Head, Talent Management, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria

Godwin Omoaka

SAN, Partner, Templars, Nigeria

Ijeoma Ononogbu

Member, ODR, Task Force – International Mediation Centre, United Kingdom

Ucheora Onwuamaegbu

Consulting Attorney, International Trade Practice, Arent Fox, Washington DC, United States

Olubunmi Osuntuyi

Secretary General, ICC Nigeria, Nigeria

Nania Owusu-Ankomah

FCIArb, Partner, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah, Ghana

Ryham Ragab

Independent Arbitrator; Group General Counsel, Samcrete Engineering Investments, Egypt

Suzanne Rattray

FCIArb, Director, Rankin Engineering Consultants, Zambia

Doyin Rhodes-Vivour

SAN, Managing Partner, Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co., Nigeria

Funmi Roberts

Chairman, Planning Committee, 5th ICC Arbitration Conference; Founder and Principal Partner, Funmi Roberts & Co, Nigeria

Claudia T. Salomon

Elected President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Babatunde Savage

Chairman, ICC Nigeria

Kamal Shah

Partner, Head of the Africa & Indian Groups, Stephenson Harwood LLP, India

Thomas Snider

Partner, Head of Arbitration, Al Tamimi & Co, United Arab Emirates

Bankole Sodipo

Senior Partner, G.O. Sodipo & Co., Nigeria

Leyou Tameru

I-Arb, Legal Consultant and the Founder of I-Arb Africa, Ethiopia

Patrick Taylor

Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, United Kingdom

Thierry Tomasi

Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, United Kingdom

Anish Wadia FCIArb

Independent Arbitrator &Mediator, Board Member, Chinese European Arbitration Association (CEAA), Germany

Daniel Wilmot

Partner, Stewarts, United Kingdom

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5th ICC Africa Conference

Dates: 3-4 June 2021
Venue: Online

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