Mission & Objectives

The three-week advanced courses were offered in different formats including lectures, workshops and seminars. There were also mentoring sessions where renowned arbitration experts shared career tips and life experiences with participants. Participants were involved in team building exercises, networking events in law firms, and mock arbitration hearings. Through the lectures, networking receptions, and workshops, participants expanded their perspectives on international arbitration and were enriched with better professional skills and knowledge. The 2019 Academy programme featured 25 participants from 13 African countries. Having successfully completed the three-week programme, the participants moved into the alumni of the Academy, and it is hoped that through the alumni, a new generation of arbitration practitioners with the requisite expertise to succeed in international arbitration, will emerge. The Academy will also in coming years help Africans who are desirous of pursuing graduate or post graduate degree programmes in internationalarbitration to review their application materials and guide them through the process. 

The 2019 Academy programme was sponsored by 13 leading law firms including Stephenson Harwood, Linklaters, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, White & Case, Hogan Lovells, WilmerHale, Pinsent Masons, Allen & Overy, LMS Legal and CMS Cameron. The Academy also collaborated and received immense support from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank), the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre, the Mauritius International Arbitration Centre, the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the Asian International Arbitration Centre, Africa Arbitration, AfricArb and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. 

Notable thought leaders that spoke at the Academy include Matthew Weiniger QC, Funke Adekoya SAN, Meg Kinnear, Prof. Catherine Rogers, Prof. Mohamed Abdel Wahab, Audley Sheppard QC; Paula Hodges QC; Christopher Harris QC, Sylvia Noury, Samaa Haridi, Professor Phillip Capper, Prof. Joshua Karton, Dr. Emilia Onyema, Dr. Nyombi Chrispas, Dr. Dalia Hussein, Kamal Shah, Segun Osuntokun, Steven Finizio, Robert Wheal, Elizabeth Oger-Gross, Duncan Speller, Dr. Khrushchev Ekwueme, Tunde Fagbohunlu SAN, Dr. SPA Ajibade SAN, Mr. Vinayak Pradhan, Wesley Pang, Paul-Jean Le Cannu and Nathan Searle.

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