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2nd NCIA International Arbitration & ADR Conference


The 2nd Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration International & ADR conference was held at the Pride Inn Paradise Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa, Kenya on 4th - 6th March, 2020. The Conference was themed “Tracking Africa’s Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms: It is Business Unusual”. The Conference was aimed at supporting cross-border partnerships and collaborations, access to international arbitration in Africa and underpin the role of technology in alternative dispute resolution while enhancing the voice for regional players and emergence of regional arbitration hubs.

The conference ended with deliberations dubbed the ‘Mombasa Declaration’ where participants agreed to support Africans by appointing African arbitrators, selecting African Arbitration institutions and electing African seats for African international arbitration. Africa International arbitration for African arbitrators.

Papers and presentations for the 2020 conference are available for download.

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Pre-conference cocktail that was held at Fair View Hotel, Upperhill on 5th Dec 2019

Conference was accredited by

Law Society of Kenya - 2 CPD Points

CiArb Kenya - 5 CPD Points

Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) - 12 PDU Points

Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) - 10 UNSTRUCTURED CPD Points

Board of Registration of Architects & Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) - 10 CPD Points

Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) - 5 UNSTRUCTRED CPD HOURS

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Prof. Githu Muigai (Former AG)
Professor, Public law, The School of Law, University of Nairobi

Hon. Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, EBS, CBS
First Vice-President of the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands

Bwalya Lumbwe

Elodie Dulac
Partner, King & Spalding (Singapore) LLP


Day 1

Time Session Discussion Topic Speakers Moderator
10:00 - 16:00 Registration Participants registration
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception Welcome Reception Hon. Ali Hassan Joho
Senator Silvia Kassanga (KEN)
Teresa Mugadza (IDLO - KEN)
Michael Sullivan, QC (UK)
Fatma Elmaawy (KEN)
Evans Monari – MC (KEN)

Day 2

Time Session Discussion Topic Speakers Moderator
07:30 - 08:30 Registration & Coffee NCIA
08:30 - 08:50 The role of African courts and judges in supporting arbitration Hon D.K. Maraga – Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya.
Evans Monari – (KEN)
08:50 – 09:10 Africa’s Role in the reform of ISDS system. Mr. Kennedy Ogeto, EBS
Solicitor General (KEN)
Jimmy Muyanja (UG)
09:10 – 09:20 Session 1 Risk factors influencing investor choice for foreign business investment. Amb. His Excellency Frans Makken - Ambasador of the Netherlands to Kenya Evans Monari – (KEN)
09:20-09:40 Session 2 Key note-speech Ben Sanderson – DLA PIPER (UK) Aisha Abdalla (KEN)
9:40 – 10:00 Launch of the NCIA Brand and Group Photo

Coffee Break

10:30-11:10 Session 3 Business case for arbitration and ADR in Africa

i. Overview of the state of arbitration in Africa

ii. Dispute Resolution in derivatives: how prepared are we?

iii. Dispute Resolution in Construction & infrastructure: are we keeping in step with growth?

iv. Making African seats attractive for arbitration: Investors’ expectations

Ngozi Efobi (NIG)
Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab (EGY)
Bwalya Lumbwe (ZAM)
Martin Munyu (KEN)
Jacqueline Lule (UG)
11:10 – 11.25 Question & Answer Session
11:25 - 11:55 Session 4 Governance and international arbitration

i. Corruption: impact on investor confidence in international arbitration.

ii. Is international arbitration an island: the global challenge of money laundering.

iii. Bangalore principles for judicial Conduct; a framework for Arbitrator conduct?
Paul Ngotho (KEN)
Angelina Welsh (UK)
Dr. Kibaya Laibuta (KEN)
Hon. Monica Mugenyi (UG)
Njeri Kariuki (KEN)
11:55- 12:10 Question & Answer Session
12:10 - 12:40 Session 5 Cross-border Partnerships, and Collaboration

i. A case for Cross-border Partnerships & Collaborations

ii. Case Study of the OHADA –ICC Partnership
Samuel Nderitu- (KEN)
Tsegaye Laurendeau (ETHIOPIA)
Dr. Gaston Kenfack Douaji (CAMEROON)
Thierry Ngoga (RWA)
12:40 – 13:00 Question & Answer Session
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 – 14:30 Session 6 Mediation: Which way Post- Singapore Mediation Convention

i. Cross-border recognition of Mediation settlements: A new era for ADR in international disputes

ii. Dealing with resistance: Mandatory vs. Voluntary Mediation

iii. Lessons from a thriving domestic mediation environment: Workings of Court Annexed Mediation
Hon. Fred Ochieng (KEN)
Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch (KEN)
Dr. Kariuki Muigua (KEN)
Wachia Kilei (KEN)
14:30 -14:45 Question & Answer Session
14:45 - 15:25 Session 7 Innovation and International Arbitration: practice and procedure

i. Factors affecting accessibility; techniques for stemming escalation of time and costs?

ii. Assessment of damages and the role of experts.

iii. Outlook for arbitration and other forms of ADR: Judicial transformation – Boon or Bane?
Elodie Dulac (Singapore)
Thomas Snider (UAE)
Isaiah Bozimo (NIG)
Kamal Shah (UK)
15:25 - 15:40 Question & Answer Session
15:40 - 16:10 Session 8 Africa Continental Free Trade Area

i. AfCFTA Explained

ii. Model for Investment Dispute Resolution under the AfCFTA.

iii. Role of African Centres in Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Mechanism under the AfCFTA.
Dr. Namira Negm (EGY/AU)
Leyou Tameru (ETHIOPIA)
Sanjeev Khagram (KEN)
Ike Ihiribe (NIG/UK)
16:10 – 16:25 Question & Answer Session

Coffee Break

18:30 Gala Dinner Moon ‘n’ Sand at Shore – African Sounds Kananu Mutea (MC)

Day 3

Time Session Discussion Topic Speakers Moderator
08:30-9:00 Registration
09:00-10:00 Session 9 Arbitration and Arbitral Institutions in Africa

i. Building synergies and Partnerships across legal jurisdictions in Africa - Opportunities and Challenges

ii. African Centres as a catalyst for advancement?

iii. A Case of Africans for Africa. The role of other actors.
Dr. Fidele Masengo (RWA)
Lawrence Muiruri (KEN)
Jacob Grierson – (FRA)
Ms. Madeline Kimei (TZ)
10:00 - 10:15 Question & Answer Session
10:15 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45-11:15 Session 10 Innovation and international arbitration: the role of IT

i. Incorporating Information Technology in Arbitration - Ethics and Governance.

ii. IT Experience, Challenges and Way Forward; An Institutional Perspective

iii. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the effects of technology in selection of seats. iv. Modernization of other ADR processes
Stephen Kiptinness (KEN)
Anish Wadia (India)
Bento Lucas, (USA)
Ken Melly (KEN)
Wairimu Karanja (KEN)
11:15 – 11:30 Question & Answer Session
11:30 - 12:10 Session 11 African Arbitration: Expectations for the Future

i. Investment Arbitration and Environmental Protection: Who will blink first?

ii. Beyond the resource curse narrative: DSM and Arbitration in extractives disputes in Africa

iii. The new global resource: readiness for arbitrating the Blue Economy disputes
Alexandre de Gramont (USA)
Chief Bayo Ojo (NIG)
Dr. Sally El Sawah (EGY)
Prof. Githu Muigai (KEN)
John Ohaga (KEN)
12:10 – 12:25 Question & Answer Session
12:25-13:00 Session 12 Closing Ceremony
Ms. Jacqueline Oyuyo Githinji (KEN)


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