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Africa Arbitration Day

Africa Arbitration Day
Friday, December 8, 2023 | Program 12:00 pm –  4:00 pm | Reception 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Program Fee:
The event is free for City Bar Members but registration is limited. For more information and to register please click here.


Please join us for a ground-breaking conference highlighting important issues and trends relevant to arbitration in Africa and fostering greater community among international arbitration practitioners in North America and Africa.

Opening Remarks:

Knar Nahikian, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR)

Nawi Ukabiala, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Panel 1: The State of Arbitration in Africa and the Prospects for “Africanization”

This panel will discuss recent developments in, and prospects for the “Africanization” of dispute settlement including the African Arbitration Academy’s Model BIT and the AfCFTA, which contains an innovative Investment Protocol and a commitment to negotiate an investment dispute mechanism.


Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu, Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Alice Gyamfi, DLA Piper
Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law
Jennifer Glasser, White & Case LLP


Mohannad El-Murtadi, Counsel, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Panel 2: The Role of Arbitral Institutions and the Future of Ad Hoc Arbitration in Africa

This panel will discuss the challenges facing African arbitral institutions, solutions, and why ad hoc arbitration has continued to be preferred in some African jurisdictions.


Mohamed Sweify, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Melida Hodgson, Arnold & Porter LLP
Prince-Alex Iwu, Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP


Victoria Safran, Sentner Safran, Former Chair of New York City Bar African Affairs Committee

Sponsoring Committees:

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Philip Goldstein, Chair

African Affairs, Melissa Marie Verpile, Chair

Arbitration, Lea Haber Kuck, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Organization:


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