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The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa: The Role of Arbitral Institutions

Edited by Emilia Onyema,
By Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Narcisse Aka, Emmanuel Amofa, Duncan Bagshaw, Dalia Hussein, Megha Joshi, Mahutodji Jimmy Vital Kodo, Kariuki Muigua, Tolu Obamuroh, Jean Alain Penda, Bernadette Uwicyeza


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The Transformation of Arbitration in Africa offers an in-depth analysis of the role arbitration centres based in African cities play throughout the continent. Given the dynamic growth of African economies and the expansion of cross-border trade and commerce, the need for readily accessible African arbitral institutions has become increasingly urgent. Accordingly, this book defines and recommends ways in which these institutions can emerge as a major and indispensable factor in the growth and development of commerce in Africa.

The book was inspired by an arbitration conference hosted by the African Union Commission at its headquarters in Addis Ababa in July 2015.

What’s in this book:

Among the issues and topics covered are the following:

  • types of arbitration institutions available in Africa;
  • viability and sustainability of these institutions;
  • institutions’ relationship with government;
  • quality of service;
  • performance of arbitration institutions in their respective countries and regions;
  • national laws that regulate arbitration in Africa’s fifty-four states;
  • extent of collaboration with foreign institutions;
  • provision of functional facilities, transcription services, hearing rooms, document handling, and managerial and translation services;
  • marketing activities and strategies;
  • mending the disconnect between Francophone and Anglophone countries;
  • role of the Common Court of Justice and Arbitration (CCJA); and
  • necessity of overcoming foreign negative perceptions and bias.

Administrators of arbitration institutions from a variety of African countries offer insightful appraisals and suggestions directed towards promoting the development and delivery of efficient, effective arbitration services to users across the continent. This book critically examines the current state of arbitration institutions in Africa, thereby developing an understanding of the gaps in current arbitral practice in Africa.

How this will help you:

As a contribution to the discussion of the role arbitration and arbitration institutions can play in transforming the legal landscape in African countries for the resolution of commercial disputes – indeed, the entire discourse on legal efficiency and access to justice in African countries –, this book will prove invaluable to practitioners and academics in international commercial arbitration within and beyond the continent. Its emphasis on the creation of a facilitative, supportive, and conducive cultural and infrastructural environment as a mechanism for commercial dispute resolution in Africa, and for the practice of arbitration in Africa, will appeal to in-house counsel, external legal advisors, consultants, arbitral institutions, arbitrators, and government policymakers.

Pages 248
Publish Date 09/01/2016
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789041167293
SKU 10058751-0001
Table of Contents




List of Abbreviations



Emilia Onyema

PART I General

CHAPTER 1 Arbitration Institutions in Africa

Emilia Onyema

PART II Regional Arbitration Institutions in Africa

CHAPTER 2 The CCJA as a Regional Arbitration Institution

Mahutodji Jimmy Vital Kodo & Narcisse Aka

CHAPTER 3 The Cairo Regional Arbitration Centre

Mohamed Abdel Raouf & Dalia Hussein

CHAPTER 4 Arbitration Institutions in East Africa

Kariuki Muigua

PART III Arbitration Institutions in Africa

CHAPTER 5 The Experience of LCIA-MIAC

Duncan Bagshaw

CHAPTER 6 The Lagos Court of Arbitration Centre

Megha Joshi & Tolu Obamuroh

CHAPTER 7 The Ghana Arbitration Centre

Emmanuel Amofa

CHAPTER 8 Arbitration Centres in French-Speaking African Countries

Jean Alain Penda

CHAPTER 9 Promotion of Arbitration to Domestic Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

Bernadette Uwicyeza



African Countries: Arbitration Laws and Conventions


African Countries: List of Arbitration Institutions


Participation of African Parties, Cities and Arbitrators in ICC Arbitrations: 2000-2015


Table of Cases

Table of Legislations