Program of the 6th SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference : Legal Culture and Arbitration/ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution ) Practice in Africa.
Kindly note : This program may change before the Conference. Exact titles and qualifications of the speakers and panellists will be indicated.
Conference Languages: French with simultaneous translation in English
Comperes: Achille Ngwanza
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 – Day 0 – Arrivals – venue at the GICAM headquarters.
- 12:00 – 17:30 Registration and collection of conference materials by delegates
- 18:00 – 21:00 Welcome reception and opening dinner for delegates.
Wednesday March 11, 2020 – Day 1
- 9:00 – 9:30 Registration continues
- 9:30 – 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
Tertio Nkonga, General Counsel of SG Société générale Cameroon,
Guy Tankpinou, General Counsel of Orabank (Africa) Nada Amer, General Counsel, Business Integrity Officer and Executive Member for Unilever Mashreq
Godfred Penn, General Counsel of African Development Bank, Abidjan
- 11:15 – 12H45 : 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 Ngwé, Cabinet Me Marie-Andrée NGWE Mafall Fall, Senegal State General Attorney’s Office
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 will discuss pathological clauses and provide drafting tips and best practice.
Moderator : Eunice Shang-Simpson, England
Tunde Ogunseitan, ICC
Hicham Zegrary, Casablanca International Mediation & Arbitration Centre
Lawrence Muiruri, Registrar/CEO Nairobi Centre IA
David Nyamsi, CMAG
- 15:45 – 17:00 : PANEL 4 – INTERVIEWING ARBITRATORS IN A MULTICULTURAL CONTEXT
In this session, 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, Togo
James Kihara, Kenya
Esine Okudzeto, Ghana
Prof Hugues Kenfack, Cameroon
17:00 – 18:00 Drinks reception
Thursday March 12, 2020 – DAY 2
- 9:00 – 9:30 Registration continues
- 9:30 – 10:45 – PANEL 5 – EVIDENTIAL ISSUES IN ARBITRAL HEARING
This panel will discuss issues on taking of evidence and the use of IBA rules to assist and how arbitrators can best deal with issues of evidence taking especially where parties are from different legal traditions.
Moderator: Olivier Cuperlier,Paris
Hery Ranjeva Madagascar, Partner Foley Hoag Paris
Sally El Sawah Partner, Youssef Law Egypt
Michael W. Bühler, Partner, Global Co-Chair International Arbitration Practice Group, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff, Paris
Mamadou Konate, Mali, Paris Marc Henry, President, Association Française de l’Arbitrage
- 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
Rose Rameau, Partner, RAMEAU LAW FIRM, Washington DC
Paul Jean Le Cannu, ICSID, Washington D.C.
Ms Funmi Roberts, Funmi Roberts & Co, Nigeria
Laurence Kiffer, President, International Arbitration Commission, International Association of Lawyerss
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, Cairo Michael Ostrove , DLA Piper, Paris Bernadette Uwicyeza, 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, Arusha
Joachim Bile-Aka, Côte d’Ivoire
Dr Nagla Nasser, Nasser Law, Egypt
Ndoki Michelle, Cameroon
Diane Okoko, Marcus Okoko Law Firm, Abuja, Nigeria
- 17:10 – 17:30 :Invitation to SOAS/CIMAC 2021 Arbitration in Africa Conference, Casablanca, by Hicham Zagrary.
- 17:30 – 18:00: Closing remarks by Dr Achille Ngwanza and Marie-Andrée Ngwé
- 1930-2200: Closing cocktail