The 2016 ICCA Congress took place in Mauritius from 8 to 11 May 2016 for the first time in Africa. The Congress theme was “International Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Contribution and Conformity”. In addition to being a member of the program committee that has prepared the program of the Congress, CRCICA Director moderated a panel on day 3 of the Congress discussing “What Are Appropriate Remedies for Findings of Illegality in Investment Arbitration?” The Panelists were Jean E. Kalicki (United States; Independent Arbitrator), Constantine Partasides QC (United Kingdom; Three Crowns) and Nassib G. Ziadé (Lebanon/Chile; Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution). The panel led to a sophisticated debate between Constantine Partasides and Nassib Ziadé about the legal consequences of contracts found to have been procured by corruption, in which, as noted by Jan Paulsson, each speaker went beyond simplistic answers and caused members of the audience to question their own understanding of the incentives created by alternative solutions. The remarks exchanged during the panel prompted insightful interventions from the floor, particularly from African participants.
It should be noted that two distinguished members of CRCICA Board of Trustees, Dr. Mohamed El Baradei and Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf delivered Keynote speeches and addresses on “International Arbitration: The Big Picture” and “The Contribution of Arbitration to the Rule of Law-The African Experience”, respectively.