6th SOAS Arbitration in African Conference
Legal Culture and Arbitration/ADR Practice in Africa
CMAG, Douala, Cameroon 10-12 March 2020


Venue: CMAG-GICAM Headquarters, Vallee des ministers, Bonanjo, Douala

Notice: Pls Note that this program may change


Conference languages: French with English translation

Compere: Dr Achille Ngwanza, Partner JUS AFRICA, Member of ICC International Arbitration Court, France

10 March, Day 0: Arrivals

1200-1730: Registration and collection of conference materials by delegates at the venue of the Conference

1800-2100: Welcome reception and dinner for delegates: at CMAG/GICAM Headquaters

18:00-19:30: Welcome speeches

1800-1810: Welcome by Marie Andrée Ngwe, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, President of the Permanent Committee of CMAG

18:10-18:20: Welcome by Dr Emilia Onyema, Convenor of SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference series.

18:20-18:30: Welcome by Dr Gaston Kenfack Djouani, President of Association pour la Promotion de l’Arbitrage en Afrique (APAA)

18:30-18:40: Welcome by Charles Patie Tchakoute, Chairman of Cameroun Bar Association

18:40-18:50: Welcome by Jackson Ngnie Kamga, Chairman of OHADA Bar Association

18:50-19:00: Welcome by Emmanuel Sibidi Darankoum, OHADA Permanent Secretary

19:00-19:10: Welcome by Célestin Tawamba President of GICAM

19:10-19:30: Keynote address by Prof Henri Modi Koko Dean of Faculty of Legal and Political Science of Université de Dschang and member of the Permanent Committee of CMAG.

19:30-21:00: Opening dinner at CMAG/GICAM Headquaters


11 March, Day 1:

09:00-09:30: Registration continues

09:30-11:00: Panel 1: General Counsel view on dispute resolution in Africa

[The GCs will discuss the types of dispute resolution processes they prefer and why. How they prepare themselves when a dispute arises; how they decide which external counsel to use and how they appoint dispute resolvers.

Moderator: Emilia Onyema, SOAS University of London


Mr Tertio Nkonga, General Secretary of SG Société générale Cameroon,

Mr Guy Tankpinou, General Counsel of Orabank, Africa

Mrs Nada Amer, General Counsel, Business Integrity Officer and Executive Member for Unilever Mashreq, Egypt

Mr Godfred Penn, General Counsel of African Development Bank, Africa

11:15-12:45: Panel 2: States and Arbitration: State Counsel involvement in Arbitration

This panel will explore the role of state agencies in arbitration and how they can better work with private counsel in their ISDS/commercial disputes.

Moderator: Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner, GSK Law, Senegal


Marie-Andrée Ngwe, , lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, President Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage du GICAM (CMAG) Permanent Committee

Mafall Fall, Senegal State General Attorney’s Office, Senegal

Pauline Mcharo, Ministry of Justice, Kenya

Honourable Tag Elsir Elhirir, Attorney General, Sudan

Benoît Placide Mevoua, Head, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Cameroon

13:00-14:00: LUNCH

14:10-15:30: Panel 3: Drafting effective dispute resolution clauses under Institutional Rules

Directors of different arbitral centres in Africa will discuss pathological clauses and provide drafting tips and best practice.

Moderator: Eunice Shang-Simpson, International arbitrator, England


Aurelien Zuber, Counsel of ICC International Court of Arbitration, France

Lawrence Muiruri, Registrar/ Chief Executive of Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, Kenya

David Nyamsi, General Secretary of Centre de Médiation et d’Arbitrage du GICAM (CMAG), Cameroon

Dr Tarik Mossadek, Member of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC), Morocco

Dr Fidele Masengo, General Secretary of Kigali International Arbitration Centre, Rwanda

15:45-17:00: Panel 4: Interviewing Arbitrators in a multicultural context

Speakers will discuss their practical experience of being interviewed or interviewing arbitrators for appointment

Moderator: Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN, AELEX Law Firm, Lagos, Nigeria


Martial Akakpo,  Martial Akakpo & Associés, Togo

James Kihara, Kihara&Wyne Advocates, Kenya

Esine Okudzeto, Sam Okudzeto& Associates, Ghana

Prof Hugues Kenfack, Université de Toulouse Cameroun/ France

Free evening

END of DAY 1



12 March, Day 2:

09:00-09:30: Registration continues

09:30-10:45: Panel 5: Evidential Issues in Arbitral Hearing

This panel will discuss issues on the taking of evidence and the use of the IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration and how arbitrators can best deal with issues of evidence taking especially where parties are from different legal traditions.

Moderator: Olivier Cuperlier, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, France


Sally El Sawah, Partner, Youssef Law, Egypt

Michael W. Bühler, Partner, Global Co-Chair International Arbitration Practice Group, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff, France

Mamadou Konate, Jurifis Consult, Mali/France

Marc Henry, President, Association Française de l’Arbitrage, France

11:00-12:30: Panel 6: The role of language in intra-African dispute resolution processes

This panel will explore the impact of the different languages (Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish) spoken on the continent on the choice of seat of arbitration, opportunities for appointment as dispute resolvers; the cost of translation and interpretation services; and how institutions support parties with language barriers, etc

Moderator: Dr Sylvie Bebohi, APAA, Cameroun/Paris


Paul-Jean Le Cannu, ICSID, USA

Funmi Roberts, Funmi Roberts & Co, Nigeria

Laurence Kiffer, President, International Arbitration Commission, International Association of Lawyers, (UIA) France

13:00-14:00: LUNCH

14:10-15:20: Panel 7: International developments in mediation and their implications for the Continent.

This panel will explore important and cutting-edge issues in cross-border mediation, such as (i) the recent signing of the Singapore Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the mediation equivalent of the New York Convention); (ii) investor-state mediation; (iii) the experience of international arbitration centres with mediation, “stepped” ADR clauses and hybrid processes such as Arb-Med-Arb; and (iv) the results of the Global Pound Conference Series Report on Global Data Trends and Regional Differences in ADR.  The panel will conclude by drawing out key implications for mediation on the Continent, such as by offering predictions for the future and suggestions for best practices.

Moderator: Prof. Hiro Aragaki, Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, JAMS Int’l, SOAS


Caroline Etuk, Enugu State Multi-Door Courthouse, Nigeria

Dr Mohamed Hafez Mohamed, CRCICA, Egypt

Michael Ostrove, DLA Piper, France

Bernadette Uwicyeza, ADR Advisor to Rwanda Judiciary, Rwanda

15:30-17:00: Panel 8: Enforcement of intra-African awards

This panel will discuss how awards are enforced within the OHADA region; under the NYC in other African states with focus on intra-African awards.

Moderator: Hon. Mr Justice Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja (Rwanda) President East Africa Court of Justice, Tanzania


Francine Dasse, Bilé-Aka, Brizoua-Bi & Associés, Ivory Coast

Dr Nagla Nasser, Nasser Law, Egypt

Diane Okoko, Marcus Okoko Law Firm, Abuja, Nigeria

Josué Ndoky Dikoume, Ndoky Dikoume law firm, Cameroon

17:10-17:30: Invitation to SOAS/CIMAC 2021 Arbitration in Africa Conference, Casablanca, by Dr. Tarik Mossadek, Member of Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre (CIMAC).

17:30-18:00: Closing remarks

  • Dr Achille Ngwanza, Partner JUS AFRICA, Member of ICC International Arbitration Court, France
  • Marie Andrée Ngwe, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, President of the Permanent Committee of CMAG

19:30-21:00: Closing cocktail at CMAG/GICAM Headquarters

END of Conference