5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

17-19 Jun 2020

Lagos English, French CLE/MCLE/CPD/CNB credits & hours available
Early bird until 30/04/2020

This conference “Arbitration in Africa: Expanding the Scope” is a “must attend” for arbitration professionals who wish to keep up to date with the latest institutional developments and the evolution of arbitration in Africa.

ICC’s annual Africa conference “Arbitration in Africa: Expanding the Scope”, held in English and French, 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. The conference attracts more 200-300 participants from 18 countries.

The ICC Institute Advanced Level Training on “Production of documents” will take place on 17 June 2020 in English only.

Who should attend?

  • Practicing lawyers
  • Arbitrators, mediators
  • Corporate counsel
  • Academic
  • Professionals interested in and/or involved in international arbitration in Africa
Day 1 Training programme
Day 2 Conference programme
Day 3 Conference programme

17 June 2020

ICC Advanced Level Training on Production of Documents

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome coffee
09.30 – 09.45 Welcoming address and introduction
09.45 – 10.00

Thinking strategically about the document production process

This introductory session will address the procedural and strategic choices that should set the approach to document production in international arbitration. Participants will learn how to identify documents that are relevant and material to the case and will discuss issues of document collection and preservation strategies both from a theoretical and a practical standpoint.
10.00 – 10.45 Case scenarios on “Thinking strategically about the document production process
10.45 – 11.00

Pro-active approaches to addressing data protection during the document production process

Data protection rules often apply to the processing of personal data during the arbitration process. Where data protection laws are likely to apply, best practice is usually to raise these issues proactively and upfront, which may limit the impact of data protection compliance on the arbitration process and the production of documents. This session will train participants to spot data protection issues early on and present potential ways to limit the impact of data protection compliance, including “data minimization”.
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 11.30

Party-promulgated document requests (part 1) – how to draft effective requests

In international arbitration each party is responsible for submitting the documentary evidence on which it intends to rely to support its case and there is no automatic right to the production of documentary evidence in the possession or control of the opposing party. This session will explore the limits of document production in international arbitration and provide practical insights on how to frame an effective request resulting in an expeditious and cost effective document production procedure.
11.30 – 12.15 Case scenarios on “Party-promulgated document requests (part 1) _ how to draft effective requests”
12.15 – 12.30

Party-promulgated document requests (part 2) – how to draft effective objections

Upon receipt of a document production request the requested party has to react. What are the contours of the grounds for refusing to produce documents? How can a party best respond to a broad and indiscriminate document request? How can parties make available information necessary and material to a dispute but maintain confidentiality and competitive secrets? During this session participants will discuss the strategic issues and steps that should be considered when responding to a request for production.
12.30 – 13.15 Case scenarios on ‘Party-promulgated document requests (part 2) – how to draft effective objections’
13.15 – 14.15  Lunch
14.15 – 14.45

Electronic documents – unique challenges and opportunities

A lot has been said regarding the consequences of the increasing use of electronic documents, communications and electronically stored information on the document production process but the international arbitration community is still far from reaching a consensus on these issues.

This session will address the recent trends and possible developments on how electronic evidence should be treated in international arbitration.
14.45 – 15.00

Protecting legal privileges and commercial confidences

Issues of privilege and commercial confidences often arise in international arbitration. The disparity of regimes, however, often makes the outcome uncertain both for counsel and parties and raises challenging issues such as: how to identify and withhold privileged material in practice, how to resist claims of privileges and how to protect commercial confidences, also considering the discretion of the arbitral tribunal on the issue and in the absence of an agreement by the parties.
15.00 – 15.45 Case scenarios on ‘Protecting legal privileges and commercial confidences’
15.45 – 16.00 Coffee break
16.00 – 16.15

Non-party documents – techniques to get them if you need them

Non-party discovery in arbitration can prove to be a virtual minefield both for parties and arbitrators: not only do practices vary significantly depending on the seat of the arbitration, the availability (and scope) of non-party discovery also relies on a delicate balance between arbitrators’ authority and courts’ power. This session will address practical challenges when seeking relevant evidence from non-parties to the arbitration such as competitors, third party advisors or investigative bodies.
16.15 – 17.00 Case scenarios on ‘Non-party documents – techniques to get them if you need them’
17.00 – 17.15 Concluding remarks

18 June 2020

5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration


  • Opening Session – Welcome and Keynote address
  • The ICC Africa Commission: Expectations from Africa
  • Debate-style session: “Have regional initiatives expanded the scope of Arbitration practice in Africa?”
  • 3rd Party Funding – Pros and Cons
  • From Walls to Bridges: A Practical Approach to Expanding the Scope of Arbitration in Africa
  • Africa as the new el dorado of arbitration – creating an avant-garde legal landscape
  • Emerging Areas in Arbitration: Moving With the Trend
  • Judicial Innovation within Jurisdictional Limits – Practical Considerations
  • Breakout Session on emerging practice areas in Arbitration (Media & Entertainment Law and Sports Law)

19 June 2020

5th ICC Africa Conference on International Arbitration

The programme will be available shortly.

Training confirmed speakers

Laurie Achtouk Spivak

Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, France

Isaiah Broderick Bozimo

Partner, Broderick Bozimo and Company, Nigeria

Markus Burianski

Partner, White & Case LLP, Germany

Clément Fouchard

Partner, Reed Smith, France

Jacob Grierson

Barrister, Asafo & Co, France

Tsegaye Laurendeau

Counsel, Shearman & Sterling LLP, United Kingdom

Conference speakers: speakers will be confirmed shortly

Venue and dates

5TH ICC Africa Conference

Dates: 18-19 June 2020
Venue:Eko Hotel & Suites, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

ICC Institute Advanced Training

Date: 17 June 2020
Venue:The Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Registration fees

Early bird until 30 April: US$ 250

ICC Members: US$ 308 (To benefit for the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)
Non-members: US$ 385

ICC Institute Training:
Early bird until 30 April: US$ 250

ICC Members: US$ 300 (To benefit for the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)

Non-members: US$ 375

Discount Package:
Early bird until 30 April: US$ 400

ICC Members: US$ 480 (To benefit for the ICC Member rate please contact your National Committee to get the discount code)

Non-members: US$ 600

Special discounts

Group rates: Register 5 persons from the same company and pay for four.

In-house Counsel, full time Academics and Government representatives may benefit from a 20% or 30% discount.

Please contact events@iccwbo.org for more details.

ICC Members: please contact your National Committee to receive the discount code to access the member rate (20% reduction).

Travel and accommodation

Travel and hotel expenses are not included in the registration fees. Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and hotel reservations.

ICC has however negotiated preferential room rates at the Radisson Blu and Eko Hotel & Suites. A link will be sent upon registration allowing participants to make their reservations directly.


Visa applications for entry into the Nigeria can take several weeks to process. If travellers from your country of citizenship require a visa to enter Nigeria, we highly recommend that you begin the visa application process well in advance. ICC Nigeria is able to dispatch visa invitation letters to support your visa application only after receipt of your registration online.

Working languages

Conference: English & French

Credits and hours

ICC Training and Conferences is eligible for CLE credit under New York ‘s approved jurisdiction procedures, is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and is an accredited CPD provider by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales.

French Bards: this conference and training will be sent for CNB approval. Lawyers practising in France may apply for reimbursement from the FIFPL (Fonds Interprofessionel de Formation des Professionnels Libéraux), subject to terms and conditions

Cancellation policy

50% of the registration fees will be refunded if notice of cancellation is received in writing before Friday 15 May 2020. Cancellations after this date are not refundable. Updated registration information will be required. Please be informed that any formation of cancellation will include a cancellation fee of €5 + 2.75% of the registration fee which must be covered by the participant. Please note that ICC Nigeria reserves the right to cancel this event or to make minor alterations to the content and timing of the programme or to the identity of the speakers. In the unlikely event of cancellation, delegates will be offered a full refund. ICC Nigeria will not, however, be held responsible for any related expenses incurred by the participant.


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