Arbitration Fund for African Students (AFAS)
At the 2018 SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference held in Kigali, the young practitioners in attendance identified the unaffordability of arbitration conference attendance for themselves and African students as a hindrance to their career development. This led to a discussion on how best to support young practitioners and students to participate in arbitration-related moots and conferences. After the Kigali conference, Dr Emilia Onyema invited some academics and practitioners to join her in organising a Fund to meet this need. This led to the birth of the “Arbitration Fund for African Students” (AFAS) which was launched on 14 February 2019 at the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference which held in Arusha.
AFAS will be registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (“CIO”) under the laws of England & Wales with the following objectives, to:
- Provide a fund for the development and promotion of arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes in Africa.
- Support the development of arbitration in Africa by funding students of African origin to attend conferences, moots and other related events.
- Promote arbitration in Africa by creating awareness of the strategic importance, role and significance of arbitration.
- Support the development of arbitrators in Africa by upskilling arbitration students through engagement in international and domestic conferences, moots and other related events.
The trustees are: Dr Emilia Onyema, Dr Chrispas Nyombi, Ms Yasmin Sebah, Prof Walid Ben Hamida, Ms Eunice Shang-Simpson, Mr Joseph Otoo and Prof Tom Mortimer.
AFAS Support Videos
To view the AFAS support videos, pleaseclick here
Apply for AFAS funding with this form
Please note: if you select ‘No’ in regards to your information being made public, then you will not be considered for funding.