For members only until 4 September 2016.
In preparation for the 2016 ICCA Congress in Mauritius, ICCA and the Mauritius Host Committee hosted a series of short symposia in five major African cities during 2015. African specialists, judges, government officials and institutes shared their expertise on arbitral practice in their regions, and their thoughts on the relationship between arbitration and the rule of law.
Mr Salim Moollan QC, Chair
H.E. Mrs Ambassador U. Dwarka-Cannabady
Mr Somduth Nemchand
Mrs B. Rajahbalee Cader
Mrs C. Ramah
Mr Bissoon Heerowa
Mr Yvan C. Jean Louis
Mr N. Armoogum
Mr V. Dawon
Mr Ken Poonoosamy
Ms Nirmala Jeetah
Mr Uttum Rughoobur
Mr Duncan Bagshaw
Ms Ndanga Kamau
Ms Dipna Gunnoo
Mrs Claire de Tassigny Schuetze
Ms Andrea Menaker, Chair
Dr Mohamed Abdel Raouf
Ms Olufunke Adekoya SAN
Ms. Yas Banifatemi
Mr Doug Jones AO
Dr Gaston Kenfack Douajni
Mr Salim Moolan QC
Mr John Ohaga
The ICCA Congress is the largest regular conference devoted to international arbitration. It takes place every two years, on each occasion in a different city. The 2016 Congress in Mauritius focused on the theme: “International arbitration and the rule of law: contribution and conformity.”
On behalf of the ICCA Governing Board, I heartily welcome you to the 23rd ICCA Congress. Thank you for taking this opportunity to participate in discussions that have the potential to shape developments in our field over years to come.
ICCA seeks to promote the knowledge and use of arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution. Our Congresses are central to that mission. When inviting us to Mauritius back in 2014, Host Committee Chair Salim Moollan QC (pictured here with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, middle, and myself, left) said that it was “a bold move” by ICCA – and “one which says much about ICCA’s current role and ambitions”. By choosing Mauritius, ICCA recognises the considerable and continuing efforts by this country to establish itself as a neutral and state-of-the art arbitration venue for a region of the world that could derive great benefit from more effective dispute resolution processes. Throughout our time during the Congress - and at the Spotlight on Africa session on Wednesday in particular - we can expand our perspectives on arbitration in Africa and gain invaluable insights from leading African and international practitioners.
With the theme of “International Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Contribution and Conformity”, this Congress provides us with the opportunity to debate and discuss how the international arbitration system affects the rule of law, human rights, and economic development. We will put international arbitration under the microscope in terms of its conformity with the rule of law and assess how it measures up to the requisite standards. We will hear from scholars, practitioners, economists, political scientists and jurists. In addition, intensive panels will cover topical issues and examine the key issues that affect our field today.
We have a lot to absorb and much to gain.
On Monday you have the opportunity to meet the authors and editors who bring us ICCA’s invaluable publications, which include the Yearbook Commercial Arbitration, the International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration, the ICCA Congress Series, the ICCA Reports Series, and ICCA’s Guide to the Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention - now available on ICCA’s website in Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Georgian, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese, with Croatian, German, Hebrew, Serbian and Ukrainian translations underway.
During the Congress, ICCA’s varied project groups will gather to further their deliberations on key issues confronting practitioners today (outlined in the recently published 2015 President’s report available on the ICCA website at http://www.arbitration-icca.org/, which I encourage all to read). Young ICCA will also be active at this Congress, building on a record year in 2015, in which it held events and workshops in over 20 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. This dynamic and energetic group are working towards an equally intense programme in 2016, with a focus on diverse jurisdictions and audiences, including Uganda, Tanzania, Tehran and Angola.
Are you an ICCA member? Be sure to drop by the ICCA Lounge and find out more about what joining ICCA can do for you. ICCA membership puts you at the centre of the international dispute resolution community. ICCA Membership is the only way to participate in ICCA projects and in that way contribute to fairer and more effective international dispute resolution and the increased social and economic development that is the ultimate goal.
We look forward to a productive and stimulating exchange of views in this spectacular location.
With best wishes,
8 May 2016
Final versions of papers presented at the ICCA Mauritius Congress will be published in ICCA Congress Series No. 19 (Kluwer Law International, forthcoming 2017).