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The ICC International Court of Arbitration and ICC Nigeria are organizing the first ICC Africa Regional Arbitration Conference in Nigeria on 19-21 June 2016.

This three day conference is about “Arbitration and Africa: Prospects and Challenges”. The conference will focus on the relationship between inward foreign investment in emerging markets in Africa, the types of disputes which may arise, and the African experience in arbitration proceedings.

Who should attend

This programme will benefit practicing lawyers, arbitrators, magistrates, engineers, academics, corporate counsel and LL.M. students.


Register by downloading the Registration Form and sending it to by sending your full contact details and the registration form to Olubunmi Osuntuyi , Sec. Gen. ICC Nigeria – Email: and

Day 1 – 19 June 2016

18:00 – 20:00 Welcome Reception/Cocktail

  • Tunde Savage – Chairman, ICC Nigeria & Regional Co-ordinator for Africa, Lagos
  • Gabriel Olawoyin, SAN – Chairman of the Arbitration & ADR Committee, ICC Nigeria, Lagos

Day 2 – 20 June 2016

08:00 – 09:30 Registration

09:30 – 10:00 Welcome Address and Opening Keynote Speech

  • Dorothy Ufot, SAN – Chairperson, Host Committee, Lagos
  • Augustine Alegeh, SAN – President, Nigerian Bar Association, Abuja
  • Alexis Mourre (Keynote Speech) – President, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Yemi Osinbajo, SAN (Special Guest of Honour) – Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Abuja

10:00 – 11:35 Roundtable-Investing in Africa

The CEOs of companies investing in African countries will share their experiences in investing in Africa, as a backdrop to the subsequent discussions of the relationship between Arbitration and Investments.

  • Michael Adenuga Jnr. – Chairman, Globacom Limited, Lagos
  • Herbert Wigwe – MD/CEO, Access Bank PLC, Lagos
  • Uzochi Nwagwu – Chief Operating Officer, GE Oil and Gas, Lagos
  • Kadaria Ahmed – Consultant, Reinvent Media Ltd, Lagos

11:35 – 12:15 Coffee Break

12:15 – 13:30 Africa and Investor- State Dispute Settlement

The panel will explore current burning issues around Bilateral Investment Treaties, the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) process and how this impacts on African economies. There will also
be need for insight on issues which typically arise in the context of ISDS including the assertion of sovereign immunity by African states  and the enforcement of awards against African states.

  • Karel Daele – Partner & Head of Arbitration Practice, Mishcon de Reya, LLP, London
  • Paul Idornigie, SAN – Head, Department of Commercial Law, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja
  • Baiju Vasani – Partner, Jones Day, London
  • Maurice Kenton – Partner, Clyde & Co., London
  • Andrea Carlevaris – Secretary General, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

13:30 – 15:00 Lunch

15:00 – 16:15 Arbitration in Africa

This panel will present the ICC experience when dealing with African-related arbitration proceedings. In addition the panel will comprise of experts who will discuss the challenges and prospects  of arbitration in Africa.

  • Sami Houerbi – Director of ICC Dispute Resolution Services for Eastern Mediterranean, Middle-East & Africa,  ICC International Court of Arbitration, Tunis
  • Babatunde Fagbohunlu , SAN – Partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos
  • Jimmy Kodo – Special Advisor to the President, Common Court of Justice and Arbitration of OHADA, Abidjan
  • Harry Matovu, QC – Barrister, Brick Court Chambers, London
  • Rukia Baruti – Founder and Managing Director, Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA),London

16:15 – 17:30 The Impact of the Judiciary on Arbitration in sub-Saharan Africa

To what extent do the courts support or disrupt arbitration? The session will include enforcement of arbitral awards.

  • Kamal Shah – Head, Africa and India groups, Stephenson Harwood, London
  • Elizabeth Karanja – Director, JMiles & Co., Nairobi
  • Jacques Werner- Principal, Werner & Associés, Geneva
  • Roger Wakefield – Senior Associate, Werksmans Attorneys, Johannesburg
  • Dorothy Ufot, SAN – Managing Partner, Dorothy Ufot & Co., Lagos

19:00 – Gala Dinner

Day 3 – 21 June 2016

09:00 – 10:15 A Debate on Costs: The Cost of Arbitration in sub-Saharan Africa

Arbitration costs is the cost of development.

Experience of practitioners and users.

Dealing with the perception of rising costs.

  • Tunde Ogunseitan – Counsel, ICC, International Court of Arbitration, Paris
  • Mohamed Abdel Wahab – Founding Partner & Head of the International Arbitration and Project Finance Groups, Zulficar & Partners, Cairo
  • Jerome Finnis – Counsel, Hogan Lovells International LLP, London
  • Funke Adekoya, SAN – Partner, AELEX, Lagos

10:15 – 11:30 Roundtable: The role of In-House Counsel in Arbitration Proceedings

This panel will bring together a group of in-house counsel to discuss the various strategic decisions they are called to take throughout the arbitration process, from any settlement considerations and initial case assessment prior to the commencement of proceedings to the management of the case and enforcement proceedings following the issuance of the award.

  • Enobong Enyenihi Ozor – Team Lead, Contracting, Commercial & Non-Environmental Litigation Global Litigation, Nigeria, The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, Lagos
  • Ned Mojuetan – General Counsel, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Lagos
  • Anthony Djokoto – General Counsel, Tullow Oil, Accra
  • Diamana Diawara – Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00- 13:15 Abuse of Process in International Arbitration and the Unwillingness of Counsel to Accept the Outcome of Arbitration in sub-Saharan Africa – Damaging the Brand.

  • Ace Ankomah – Managing Partner, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BEL&A), Accra.
  • Des Williams – Director & Head of Arbitration Practice, Werksmans Attorneys, Johannesburg
  • Patrick Ikwueto, SAN – Principal Partner, Ikwueto Law Firm, Abuja
  • Stephan Wilske – Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart
  • Emilia Onyema – Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Law & Social Sciences; Senior Lecturer, International Commercial Law, School of Law, SOAS, University of London.

13:15 – 14:45 Lunch

14:45 – 16:15 Parallel Industry Sessions

  • Construction Disputes
  • Energy Disputes
  • Arbitrating International Trade and Shipping Disputes
  • Arbitrating Telecommunications Disputes

Construction Disputes

  • Kwado Sarkodie – Partner, Mayer Brown International LLP. London
  • Abdul Jinadu – Barrister, Keating Chambers, London
  • Virginie Colaiuta – Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP, London
  • Jacob Grierson – Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, Paris
  • Paul Ngotho – Managing Director, Ngotho Property Consultants Ltd., Nairobi

Energy Disputes

  • Maxi Scherer – Senior Lecturer, International Arbitration and Energy, Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) & School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, London; Special Counsel, WilmerHale, London
  • Jean Andre-Diaz – Special Counsel, Total, Paris
  • Tunde Ogowewo – Senior Lecturer, School of Law, King’s College, London
  • Sena Anthony – Managing Director, Chief Sena Anthony & Associates, Lagos

Arbitrating International Trade and Shipping Disputes

  • Hassan Bello – Executive Secretary and CEO, Nigerian Shippers’ Council
  • Kofi Mbiah – Chief Executive of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Accra
  • Andrew Pike – Head of Ports Terminals & Logistics Corridors, Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, Durban

Arbitrating Telecommunications Disputes

  • Anthony Idigbe , SAN – Managing Partner, Punuka Associates, Lagos
  • Simon Greenberg – Partner, Clifford Chance, Paris
  • Paula Hodges QC – Partner & Head of Global Arbitration Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London
  • Stephen Kiptinness – Lead Partner, Kiptinness & Odhiambo Associates, Nairobi
  • Gerhard Wegen – Partner, Gleiss Lutz, Stuttgart

16:30 – 17:00 Conference Debriefing


Register by downloading the Registration Form and sending it to by sending your full contact details and the registration form to Olubunmi Osuntuyi , Sec. Gen. ICC Nigeria – Email: and

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