SOAS University of London and the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) are pleased to announce their joint conference on The Role of African States and Governments in Supporting the Development of Arbitration in Africa
scheduled to take place on 3-5 April 2017 in Cairo-Egypt.
The event is the third conference in the series of four identified themes in SOAS research project entitled ‘Creating a Sustainable Culture of Arbitration as a mechanism for Commercial Dispute Resolution in Africa’. The main objective of the project is
to enhance the use of arbitration within the African continent by increasing the visibility of arbitration practitioners in Africa and the viability of arbitration in the domestic, intra-Africa and international dispute resolution market.
The first and second conferences were held successively in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2015) and Lagos, Nigeria (2016). Having focused on the role of judges and courts in the promotion of arbitration in Africa, Lagos Conference Paper partly concluded:
“Clearly African governments need to do more to make cities in their countries attractive venues; their courts accessible and credible, ensure security of lives and property, among others, to attract not just investors but to ensure that when these investors and their own citizens have disputes, they choose such cities as seats of arbitration and appoint arbitrators of African origin as their dispute resolvers. In addition and even more viable is the importance of creating an enabling legal environment for domestic and intra-Africa arbitration references to thrive”.
We would be delighted to have you present to participate in interrogating these concluding words in greater depth.
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In case of paid registration by 15 March,
participants will get a 15% discount for AILA Conference: A Paradigm Shift in International Investment Law.
AILA will require a proof of payment for the SOAS/CRCICA Conference to apply the discounted rate.