By Emeka Aginam
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon will address the 23rd International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress to be held in Mauritius from 8 – 11 May, 2016.
The forum with the themed “International Arbitration and the Rule of Law: Contribution and Conformity”, will offer discussion of cutting-edge issues in international arbitration of relevance to hundreds of seasoned practitioners and young professionals from around the globe.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed ElBaradei will also address the Congress which is the first ICCA Congress to be held in Africa.
The ICCA Congress is the pre-eminent event for international arbitration professionals. It typically draws over 1000 attendees and brings together arbitrators, counsel, corporate counsel and government representatives from around the world, giving delegates access to key decision – makers and thought leaders in the field.
“Africa’s first ICCA Congress will address questions of fundamental importance to international arbitration”, ICCA Executive Director, Ms Lise Bosman, said, adding that, “Now is the time for this Congress, as the practice of arbitration grows strength in one of the most rapidly advancing economic regions of the world.”
“Mauritius is perfectly suited to play a leading role in developing the theory and practice of international arbitration in Africa, reflecting the institutional development and economic growth of the region,” says Chairman of the Host Committee, Salim Moollan QC.
“I expect that this Congress will be attended by a record number of African participants, both practitioners and academics, alongside their colleagues from around the world.”
The Congress will feature distinguished speakers who have participated in many of the most-discussed arbitration proceedings of recent years, including Yukos v. Russia, White Industries v. India, and Philip Morris v. Australia.
The Congress is also generously sponsored by Centro de Arbitragem e Mediação Câmara de Comércio Brazil-Canadá (CAM-CCBC), Beijing Arbitration Commission/Beijing International Arbitration Center (BAC/BIAC), LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, Stephenson Harwood LLP, its Founder Sponsors (White & Case LLP, Eversheds LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP , FTI Consulting, Fair Links, FTPA, Lazareff Le Bars, Sir Hamid Moollan Chambers & Banymandhub Boolell Chambers), Linklaters LLP, Association pour la Promotion de l’Arbitrage en Afrique (APAA), Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Lex Arbitri, Maxwell Chambers, Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institution, ENS Africa, Lalive & Smith & Williamson among others