Seventh SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference
4 March 2021 – Online-Virtual 9am-5pm, GMT+1
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Title: Navigating the Interests of African States in International Arbitration & Mediation.
Our 2021 Conference will be held virtually for one day and will now hold on 4 March 2021 from 0900-1700. Joining details will be circulated shortly. This change is necessitated by the ongoing global pandemic (Covid-19).
AFAS Blog Launch
The AFAS blog has now launched!
The SOAS Arbitration in Africa Survey
This Second edition of the SOAS Arbitration in Africa survey has now finished.
The 2020 Arbitration in Africa survey report on the top African arbitral centres and seats has now been published. We are grateful to all those that completed the questionnaire and the arbitral centres that sent us their data. We are also very grateful to our sponsors, the Africa Legal Support Facility (ALSF) and Broderick Bozimo & Co, Abuja.
The survey report is available for download here:
Modern arbitration is growing as a mechanism for the resolution of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes in African countries. The process of dispute resolution outside the state sponsored system of litigation is not new in African communities. This was the norm in pre-colonial times. Modern arbitration (and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes) regimes are backed by the state through legislation and enforcement by national courts; and the growth of a professional community of actors to service these regimes.
Research Arbitration Africa is a web-based portal dedicated to the development of arbitration (and ADR processes) in African states; and the promotion of the participation of Africans in these processes. We contribute to these themes through research-based activities. These include: the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series; SOAS Arbitration in Africa surveys and related publications; and managing the Arbitration Fund for African Students.
These activities support and contribute to the work of other arbitration and ADR organisations in and on Africa.
Dr Emilia Onyema, SOAS University of London