Overview

About EAIAC 2016

East Africa International Arbitration Conference 2015

Rashida Abdulai, makes her presentation, at EAIAC 2015 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The East Africa International Arbitration Conference committee in partnership with I-Arb Africa and GBS Africa(a boutique Advisory focusing on Africa’s trade & Investment competitiveness) are delighted to bring to Kampala the 4th Edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference . Dates : 8th & 9th September 2016 Venue: Kampala Serena.

Now in its 4th year, the conference is endorsed by East Africa’s Government Departments, Private sector Legal and development agencies.

The conference is an annual event aimed at highlighting the importance of international arbitration in African dispute resolution. The average Gross National Income (GNI) per capita in Sub-Saharan Africa has more than tripled between 2003 and 2014. This, in turn, has led to an increase in the level of foreign investment in the continent and, inevitably, to an increase in international disputes. Combined with some multinational companies’ desire to avoid local courts and a strong arbitration tradition in international trade, it is unsurprising that international arbitration in Africa or involving African companies and governments is on the rise.

This conference is particularly important for in-house counsel of state corporations as it will impart them with necessary skills and knowledge to handle large investments contracts with arbitration as a dispute resolution mechanism. Some of the topics to be covered include;

  • Drafting Infrastructure Contracts
  • Choosing an effective arbitration
  • Profiling Large Infrastructure and ENR Investment in East Africa
  • Investor-State Arbitration in PSAs.

EAIAC provides a platform for International Arbitration practitioners, corporate lawyers and in-house counsel, from East Africa and beyond to share best practice, network and deliberate on the foundations of arbitration.

EAIAC 2016 will highlight the importance of international arbitration as a tool for promoting foreign investment on the Continent, look at arbitration case studies from the region.

EAIAC has grown to become a must attend Annual Forum for East Africa’s legal professionals, In house legal counsels, Professional Arbitrators, Governments, Media and Academia . Every year we meet to share best practice, network and chart the way forward for East Africa’s Arbitration practice.

EAIAC Kampala 2016 will build on the success of the previous conferences held in Addis Ababa (2013), Nairobi (2014) and Dar –Es Salaam (2015)

These conferences have each welcomed over 200 delegates from East Africa and beyond, comprising of law firms, corporate clients, and regional arbitration centres.

Previous Speakers included; Attorney Generals, Cabinet Ministers, regional and international law firms, and regional arbitration centres, including Mauritius International Arbitration Centre (MIAC), Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration (NCIA) and Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC).

This year’s EAIAC focus will be on Infrastructure projects, natural resources oil and gas. Uganda is increasingly gaining recognition as a leading Infrastructure and natural resource player in the Eastern African market, and the organizing committee considers Kampala as a natural choice for hosting EAIAC 2016.

The conference will highlight the importance of international arbitration as a tool for promoting foreign investment on the Continent, look at arbitration case studies from Uganda and the region.