EAIAC 2016 speakers

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East Africa International Arbitration Conference 2016

EAIAC provides a platform for International Arbitration practitioners from East Africa and beyond to share best practice, network and deliberate on the foundations of arbitration.
The conference is an annual event aimed at highlighting the importance of international arbitration in African dispute resolution.

About EAIAC 2016

The Conference committee in partnership with I-Arb Africa and GBS Africa (a boutique Advisory focusing on Africa’s trade & Investment competitiveness) are delighted to host the 4th EAIAC between the 8th & 9th September 2016 in Kampala-Uganda.

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Who Attends?

Arbitrators, legal practitioners, in-house counsel, and academics who wish to learn more about developments in international arbitration.

Why Attend?

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.

Conference Programme

Day 1
08 Sep 2016
Day 2
09 Sep 2016

Registration and Coffee

Delegates collect their conference package and tag at the registration desk. Light coffees will be served

Opening Plenary Session

Keynotes and welcome addresses
Agnes Gitau
Justice Dr. Emmanuel Ugirashebuja
Francis Gimara

Profiling Large Infrastructure, and ENR Investment in East Africa

Overview of Large Infrastructure Projects and Vision in East Africa Cross-border investment and trade regimes (regional blocs and dispute mechanisms) Domestic Regimes on investment in Infrastructure and ENR and emerging issues (such as immigration and local content)
Agnes Gitau

Using Arbitration and Selecting Representation

Introduction to International Arbitration and its role in fostering development Anatomy of an international arbitration and experience case study Africans in African International Arbitration – Myth or Reality? (What it takes to include African Arbitrators and Counsel) Selecting arbitration and counsel – a client’s perspective
Chris Parker
Nikhil Desai

Coffee/Tea Break

Dispute Resolution in African Infrastructure and ENR

Dispute resolution mechanisms for Government procurement and partnerships in Eastern African ENR and Infrastructure The Arbitration Law Regimes of East Africa Case Reviews of arbitrations in African infrastructure and natural resources
James Kihara

Networking Lunch

Drafting Large Infrastructure Contracts

Moderator and speaker introduction Causes of disputes and drafting commercial terms to mitigate risks Drafting effective dispute resolution/arbitration clauses Contracting – The things you wish you knew
Terry Mwango

Choosing an Effective Arbitration Process

The Arbitration Rules – Comparison of European and African Centres The Seat of Arbitration – How to choose the best one
Duncan Bagshaw
Yemi Candice-Johnson

Cocktail Reception Evening

Focus on the Award and the Arbitrator

The choice of Arbitrator – what to consider (nationality, expertise, ethics, conflict of interest other emerging issues) The Award – International Requirements and Drafting guidelines Case experience – reflections by an African Arbitrator in an international arbitration
Steven Finizio
Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch

Networking Coffee Break

Enforcement of International Awards

The New York Convention and International Enforcement Enforcement and Challenges to Awards in East Africa East African Courts and support for Arbitration
Richard Kiddell
Leyou Tameru

Networking Lunch

Investment Protection in large infrastructure and ENR

Bilateral Investment Treaties – the trends, and reaping benefits Investment Arbitration – A practical overview and jurisdictional matters Does Investment Arbitration work for Africa? – Benefits and Criticisms
Peter Muiisa
Andrew Cannon

A growing Market – Making Africa an International Arbitration Hub

Legislative Challenges and Opportunities – in arbitration and other laws Institutional Challenges and Opportunities – courts and institutions Other Arbitration Market Issues– marketing, accessibility, perception The investor’s expectations for the future of Arbitration in Africa
Dr. Fidele Masengo
Jimmy Muyanja

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We thought of sharing with you these facts about EAIAC

“In 2015, 80% of attendees were satisfied with the networking opportunities”

“78% of attendants rated the quality of the conference as excellent”

Purpose of attending: 80% (Networking), 71% (Content) and 43% (Marketing Exposure)

East Africa International Arbitration Conference is in its 4th year of successful annual forums.