ICCA Working Group on African Arbitral Practice

ICCA's Working Group on African Arbitral Practice was established at the ICCA Mauritius Congress in May 2016, with the goal of promoting the use and development of international arbitration in Africa.

An important initial part of the work of the African Working Group was working towards the establishment of a new African Arbitration Association, which was launched in June 2018.

Workshops leading to establishment of African Arbitration Association

First Consultative Workshop

ICCA's Working Group co-hosted a First Consultative Workshop on Cooperation Among African Arbitral Initiatives with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) and the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in Mauritius on 11 May 2016. Participants in the Consultative Workshops included African arbitration practitioners, representatives of Africa-based arbitral institutes, academics and judges. At that meeting, ICCA was mandated to facilitate the creation of an umbrella organization dedicated to the promotion and development of international arbitration and arbitrators in Africa.

View the Resolutions from the First Consultative Workshop here.

Second Consultative Workshop

A Second Consultative Workshop was held on 3 April 2017 in Cairo, Egypt, at which participants discussed cooperation in education and training, creation of online resources on African arbitral practice, and provision of technical assistance.

Third Consultative Workshop

A Third Consultative Workshop was held on 25 October 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria, at which participants continued the discussion on cooperation in education and training, the creation of online resources on African arbitral practice, and provision of technical assistance. Participants also discussed and provided comments on the draft of a constitution for the umbrella body as prepared by a drafting committee composed of Funke Adekoya, Lise Bosman, Ndanga Kamau and Emilia Onyema.

Fourth Consultative Workshop

A Fourth Consultative Workshop was held on Wednesday 2 May 2018 in  Kigali, Rwanda, at which participants agreed the final mandate and scope of the future African Arbitration Association.

The Workshop was followed by a Technical Briefing on ISDS Reform. The lively panel featured a keynote address by ICCA President Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler; other speakers included Gaston Kenfack Douajni, Bayo Ojo and Emilia Onyema, and the panel was moderated by Ndanga Kamau.

Also on 2 May, a Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop was hosted by the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC).

Launch of AfAA

On 29 June 2018, the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) was launched in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. AfAA aims to promote African arbitration and African arbitrators, and to coordinate activities regarding capacity-building, technical assistance and the provision of on-line resources on the continent.

The launch of AfAA is the culmination of several years’ preparatory work by ICCA and other organizations and individuals. The vision of creating a pan-African arbitral association received a boost through the Working Group on African Arbitral Practice's Consultative Workshops, first initiated at the ICCA Congress in Mauritius in May 2016 and followed by Workshops in Cairo, Abuja and Kigali in 2017 and 2018. Strong support was provided by ICCA Governing Board members Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf (current President of the ICJ), prominent Lagos-based practitioner Olufunke Adekoya, and immediate past Director of the Cairo Arbitration Centre (CRCICA) Mohamed Abdel Raouf, as well as ICCA Executive Director Lise Bosman (all African nationals). ICCA is proud to have contributed to the formation of AfAA, and looks forward to cooperating with AfAA on projects of mutual interest.

For more details about AfAA and its office-holders, see www.africanarbitrationassociation.org.

Photo Gallery

View photos from all four Consultative Workshops and other key events.

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List of African Arbitral Resources by Country (in association with I-ARB Africa)

See also ICCA's Related Links page for links to African arbitral institutes, national arbitration laws and more.

Members of ICCA’s Working Group

Olufunke Adekoya SAN (Nigeria)
Lise Bosman (South Africa)
Mohamed Abdel Raouf (Egypt)
Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf (Somalia)

Participants in Consultative Workshops

Olufunke Adekoya SAN
Lise Bosman
Prof. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Wahab
Dr. Mohamed Abdel Raouf
Olusola Adegbonmire
Bethlehem Arega
Rukia Baruti
Prof. Dr. Albert Jan van den Berg
Andrea Carlevaris
June Connolly
Karel Daele
Dr Mohamed El Baradei
Donald F. Donovan
Gaston Kenfack Douajni
Babatunde Fagbohunlu SAN
Jacob Grierson
Maryan Hassan M.S
Anna Joubin-Bret
Ndanga Kamau
Stephen Karangizi
Elizabeth Karanja
Njeri Kariuki
Dr Fathi Kemicha
Susan Kimani
Meg Kinnear
Thierry Koenig
Jae Sung Lee
Dr Fidele Masengo
Salim Moollan, QC
Vlad Movshovich
Thierry Ngoga
Marie-Andree Ngwe
Christopher Adebayo Ojo, SAN
John Ohaga
Elizabeth Onyango
Dr. Emilia Onyema
Doyin Rhodes Vivour
Pierre-Olivier Savoie
Anne Veronique Schlaepfer
Dr Ismail Selim
Olasupo Shasore SAN 
Leyou Tameru
Fui Tsikata
Andrew Waruhiu
Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf