Sixth SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference
10-13 March 2020
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The 6th SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference will be co-hosted with GICAM in Douala, 10-13 March 2020. This conference will explore ‘Legal Culture and Arbitration/ADR in Africa’.
Modern arbitration is growing as a mechanism for the resolution of domestic and cross-border commercial disputes in African countries. The process of dispute resolution outside the state sponsored system of litigation is not new in African communities. This was the norm in pre-colonial times. Modern arbitration (and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes) regimes are backed by the state through legislation and enforcement by national courts; and the growth of a professional community of actors to service these regimes.
Research Arbitration Africa is a web-based portal dedicated to the development of arbitration (and ADR processes) in African states; and the promotion of the participation of Africans in these processes. We contribute to these themes through research-based activities. These include: the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series; SOAS Arbitration in Africa surveys and related publications; and managing the Arbitration Fund for African Students.
These activities support and contribute to the work of other arbitration and ADR organisations in and on Africa.
Dr Emilia Onyema, SOAS University of London