MENAfrica ARBITRATION 2014:
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Panel 1: KEYNOTE: WHY ARBITRATE?
In this panel, leading arbitrators discuss current practice in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods.
PANEL 2: TRENDS IN AFRICA-GULF TRADE & ARBITRATION
Trade between the Middle East and Africa has increased to its highest levels in decades. This panel explores the trends that are driving trade and legal action in the contemporary Middle East and Africa.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
PANEL 3: ARBITRATING INFRASTRUCTURE DISPUTES
The most commonly arbitrated matters in the Middle East and North Africa are construction-realted disputes. This panel will explore the specific legal challenges associated with infrastructure, and will elaborate on arbitration with respect to disputes in the energy, construction and maritime fields.
PANEL 4: ISLAMIC ARBITRATION
A growing number of financial or business institutions operating in the Middle East and Africa are engaging in Islamic or mixed conventional-Islamic financing, and/or settlement of disputes with reference to the principles of Islamic law. This panel will discuss the state of Islamic finance, and its relevance to arbitration in theory and practice.
PANEL 5: RISK MITIGATION IN CONTRACTS
This panel will discuss the options available for mitigating contractual risks in a wide range of regional contexts – with a particular focus on regulated industries.
PANEL 6: ASSET RECOVERY & SANCTIONS
This panel will discuss the use of arbitration methods in the context of asset recovery, and the enforcement of international sanctions. Under what circumstances is arbitration relevant to asset recovery, and preferable to litigation? How is a deeper knowledge of poorly understood wholesale banking processes relevant to this process?
PANEL 7: ARBITRATION IN CONFLICT & POST CONFLICT ENVIRONMENTS
The absence of a functioning legal system, expropriation or nationalization of investments, and the absence of enforcement mechanism for intellectual property rights are only some of the risks investors face in post-conflict countries. This panel looks at the role of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in highly unstable environments. Panelists are leading international experts on ongoing conflict zones in the Eastern Mediterranean and North/East Africa.
PANEL 8: ENFORCEMENT & ARBITRATION
Enforcement is a key consideration in any arbitration proceeding. This panel, led by one of the region’s top enforcement experts, will explore the legal framework for and general attitude to enforcement across the MENA region.
Monday, October 13, 2014
WORKSHOP: A Primer on Banking and the Asset Recovery Process, with applications to arbitration
Led by leading asset recovery practitioners and former senior Wall Street bankers, this workshop takes participants through the stages of asset recovery, the role and relevance of banks and the banking system to the asset recovery process, and situations where arbitration may produce better results than litigation. Particularly recommended for government officials, fund managers and legal professionals.
WORKSHOP: The Application of Scenario Planning Methods to Arbitration and Conflict Resolution
In this session a leading scenario planning practitioner introduces participants to the theory and practice of scenario planning, with applications to conflict prevention and resolution.