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International Arbitration Conferences

CIArb International Arbitration Conference 2017 - Johannesburg

Event Type International Conferences
Date 19 July 2017 - 08:30
20 July 2017 - 18:15
Location Hyatt Regency | Johannesburg

The conference will examine ‘The Synergy and Divergence between Civil Law and Common Law in International Arbitration’.

Delegates will identify issues and develop solutions, using a pragmatic approach to the understanding and utilisation of both systems within arbitration.

The Johannesburg conference will cover the issues relating to the African continent following the Dubai conference in March which looked at the Middle Eastern and Asian point of view.

The European and American angle will be considered in the final and concluding conference to take place in Paris in December.

Johannesburg Conference, 2017

The Johannesburg conference will take place on 19 - 20 July 2017. The welcome address will be given by the President of CIArb, Professor Dr Nayla Comair-Obeid C.Arb, and Christopher Adebayo Ojo C.Arb, former attorney general of Nigeria.

Speakers will include the Honourable Professor Githu Muigai, Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya, Mamadou Konaté, Mali Minister of Justice, Justice Charles Kajimanga, Judge of the High Court of Zambia as well as a host of other eminent figures from leading industries.

The programme comprises a series of panel discussions on the following topics:

  • The role of legislation in developing and sustaining an arbitration friendly seat
  • Judicial intervention, perceptions and reactions
  • What the client wants: strategic choices in drafting arbitration agreements
  • The perspective from arbitral institutions on building a synergy between common and civil law
  • Civil-common law divergence and convergence in handling disputes from specific industries
  • Investment arbitration in the African context
  • Arbitrators: the civil and common law styles
  • Synthesis of recommendations to bridge the gap between legal traditions in Africa.

All sessions will be discussed and debated from both common law and civil law angles with speakers from common law and civil law backgrounds. We will be delving into the differences and similarities between these perspectives.

Confirmed Speakers
*Subject to change

  • Nayla Comair-Obeid C.Arb, CIArb President
  • Christopher Adebayo Ojo C.Arb, former Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • John Jeffrey, Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development of South Africa
  • Abubakar Malami, Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice in Nigeria
  • Mamadou Konaté, Mali Minister of Justice
  • Antoine Diome, Agent judiciaire de l’Etat du Sénégal
  • Hon. Prof. Githu Muigai, Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya
  • Fergus Blackie, CIArb South Africa Branch Chair
  • Judge Joyce Aluoch, Judge at the International Criminal Court; Former Judge of the Court of Appeal of Kenya
  • Justice William S Mweemba, Zambia High Court Judge, CIArb Zambia branch chair
  • Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Uganda
  • Judge Martin J. Bauwens Former Judge, Belgian administrative Supreme Court, current ADR practitioner in the OHADA region
  • Michael Patchett-Joyce, Barrister at Outer Temple Chambers (London)
  • Michael Schottler, Senior Legal Counsel at Anglo American Plc (Johannesburg)
  • Krinesh Govender, Head of Legal & Insurance at TOTAL South Africa
  • Narcisse Aka, Secretary General at CCJA, OHADA
  • Mouhamed Kebe, Managing Partner of GENI & KEBE (Senegal)
  • Anand Juddoo, Quantity Surveyor, CIArb Mauritius Branch Chair
  • Professor David Butler, Emeritus Professor, University of Stellenbosch
  • Christopher Seppälä, Partner at White and Case (Paris)
  • Isabelle Michou, Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Paris)
  • Marie Camille Pitton
  • Jenny Cane SC
  • Lawrence Schäfer, Advocate at Maisels Chambers(Johannesburg); CIArb South Africa Branch Deputy Chair
  • Benoit Le Bars, Partner at Lazareff Le Bars (Paris)
  • Mohamed Abdel Wahab,Partner at Zulficar and Partners Law Firm (Egypt)
  • Kim Rosenberg, Counsel at Freshfields (Dubai)
  • Des Williams, Partner at Werkmans (Johannesburg)
  • Grant Herholdt, Partner at ENSAfrica (Johannesburg)
  • Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, Managing Partner at Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co, CIArb Nigeria Branch Chair
  • Adv. Cassie Badenhorst SC, Advocate at Maisels Chambers (Johannesburg)
  • Justice Charles Kajimanga, Judge of the Supreme Court of Zambia
  • Patrick Lane SC, Barrister at 39 Essex Chambers (London)
  • James Kihara, Partner at Kihara & Wyne Advocates, CIArb Kenya Branch Chair
  • Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello, Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria
  • Vanessa Moreau, Legal Counsel MEA Orange Group
  • Adewale Olawoyin, Managing Partner, Olawoyin & Olawoyin
  • Paul Jean LeCannu, Legal Counsel at ICSID
  • Tunde Ogunseitan, Counsel, Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Ndanga Kamau, Registrar, MIAC-LCIA
  • Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo, Legal Counsel, PCA Mauritius
  •  Tunde Fangbohnulu, Lead special counsel and arbitrator in Nigeria
  •  Kwadwo Sarkodie, Partner, Mayer Brown
  •  Emilia Onyema, Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law, SOAS University of London
  •  Edward William Luke, Managing Partner, Luke and Associates (Botswana)
  •  Gaston Kenfack, President of UNCITRAL
  •  Maryan Hassan, Chief Legal Adviser, Office of the Prime Minister, Federal Government of Somalia
  • Lisa Grosh, Assistant Legal Adviser at the US State Department in charge of International Claims
  • Professor Paul Obo Idornigie, Head of Commercial Law, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Fidele Masengo, Secretary General, Kigali International Arbitration Centre
  • Duncan Bagshaw, Counsel, Stephenson Harwood
  • Philip van Rensburg, Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Anthony Abrahams, General Director at CIArb



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Venue Details


191 Oxford Road, Rosebank
South Africa


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