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Swimming Against the Current: The Emerging Jurisprudence as Regards Right to Appeals of Arbitration Awards in Kenya

In Kenya, Arbitration is classified among the mechanisms commonly referred to as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and involves a neutral third party in the settlement of disputes. The Arbitration Act of Kenya, 1995[1] defines arbitration to mean ―any arbitration administered by a permanent arbitral institution or otherwise.[2] This definition has…
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LACIAC’S ADR Personality Special (June 2020)

More than ever before, it has become evident that we live in an inter-connected world. As arbitrators, the idea of building an international arbitration practice and experience has become ever more significant. In this edition of LACIAC’s ADR Personality Special, Tsegaye Laurendeau, takes on a journey that demystifies the secrets…
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The 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in collaboration with the Innovation & Technology Lawyers Network presents the 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit, themed: “Ensuring an Enabling Environment for Digital Innovation”. The 2019 Innovation and Tech Law Summit will bring together key stakeholders within the ecosystem of…
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3rd Edition of LACIAC’s 2019 E-Newsletter

In May 2019, African countries created one of the largest free trade areas in the world after the World Trade organization. As we make history, LACIAC takes a deep dive into the dispute resolution framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). We consider pertinent questions including whether sufficient…
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How African Countries Approach ISDS Arbitration: Any Effect on the AfCFTA Investment Protocol?

*Written by Talkmore Chidede Historically, African countries have signed investment treaties, particularly bilateral investment treaties (BITs) to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), as a developmental strategy.  To date, BITs have been executed between African countries (intra-African BITs), with developed countries (traditional/North-South BITs) or with other developing countries outside the continent…
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Protecting the Interest of Private Investors under the AfCFTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism

*Written by Tolu Olatunji Regional trade agreements often encounter some legal uncertainties due to unpredictability, non-compliance, non-transparency, and lack of remedies in instances of breaches.  Private investors and traders are the most likely to be negatively affected and this sometimes makes investors more pensive and doubtful about the markets if…
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African States Launch the Operational Phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, Creating One of the Largest Common Markets in the World

*Written by Naomi Tarawali During the African Union’s 12th Extraordinary Summit in early July, the signatory States of the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (the “Agreement”), which entered into force on May 30, 2019, launched the Agreement’s operational phase. The Agreement is pioneering as a truly pan-African…
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Roundtable Discussion on Maritime Business & Disputes

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in collaboration with Famsville Solicitors, Olawoyin & Olawoyin and Doyin Rhodes Vivour & Co is organizing a 1-day roundtable discussion on Maritime Business & Disputes.  The two panel discussion will provide first-hand insight and knowledge on the following topics:  Session 1: African…
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LACIAC’s Arbitration Personality Special: Professor Mohamed S. Abdel, Zulficar & Partners Law Firm, Cairo Egypt

The competence and expertise of African arbitrators in the international arbitration arena is often a subject of debate. Those who argue that African arbitrators possess the requisite skill in international arbitration dispel the lack-of-competence argument as mere perception. They posit that African arbitrators have the talent required to compete on…
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Citing the Kompetenz-Kompetenz Principle, New Delhi High Court refuses to Stay Arbitration against India by a Mauritius Company

In Union of India v Khaitan Holdings, a Delhi High Court refused to stay international arbitration proceedings initiated against the Republic of India in connection with a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with Mauritius. The court decided that the question of jurisdiction must be decided by the arbitration tribunal itself. This…
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In Pictures: The Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects

The first Regional Training Workshop on Dispute Management in Africa Infrastructure Projects was held in Lagos on Friday, 18th January 2019. The workshop was a collaborative effort of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Association for Consulting Engineering in Nigeria (ACEN), as well as the international…
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Mediation – An Excellent Tool for Resolving Disputes in the Oil & Gas Sector

Written by ‘Yemi Akisanya (CEDR Accredited Mediator, MSCMA (UK), and Principal, Adeyemi-Akisanya More than ever before, modern companies are striving to achieve and sustain optimal economic prosperity, strongly balanced with excellent public relations, social responsibility, and environmental performance.  These concerns form the core of a new trend in the practice…
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Recent Developments in Nigerian Arbitration: Chief Justice of Nigeria’s Directive, Federal High Court Practice Direction, and Progress with the New Arbitration Bill

Written by Kome Oruade An attractive characteristic of arbitration as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism is party autonomy; the freedom of having disputes resolved in a manner determined by the parties. Parties, especially those in a commercial contract, often desire customized dispute resolution procedures that are not available in the…
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Can Confidentiality Be Taken for Granted where the Seat of Arbitration is Nigeria, or the Rules of Nigerian Affiliated Arbitral Institutions are Incorporated?

Written by Anita Omonuwa Ogbalu, MCIArB Nigeria is gradually growing into a hub for commercial arbitration in the West African region.  The evolving preference for arbitration over the country’s traditional court system is because the latter tends to be protracted, with frustrating adjournments. To put this in perspective, it is…
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Entertainment Industry Roundtable

Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in conjunction with G. Elias & Co. is organising an entertainment industry roundtable which will be held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The theme of the roundtable is “Entertainment Law Contracts and the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights”. The discussion will provide…
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“Well, did you choose the right arbitrator?”

Written by Kome Oruade A successful arbitration always requires the arbitral tribunal’s adroit handling of the proceedings. This is more so because tribunal’s composition often determines the success or failure of the proceedings.  Hence, J.F. Lalive opines that “[t]he choice of the persons who compose the arbitral tribunal is vital…
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Appellate Arbitration, Emergency Procedures and Third-Party Funding – Significant Features in the Reform of Nigerian Arbitration Law

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill (The Bill) has successfully passed through the Senate and awaits the concurrence of the House of Representatives and the assent of the Presidential to become law. The purpose of this reform is to modernize Nigeria’s arbitration law and tackle problems that…
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Arbitral Announcements

Funke Adekoya Appointed Arbitrator at ICSID Funke Adekoya, SAN has been appointed into the Panel of Arbitrators of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)[1]. ICSID is a part of the World Bank Group and a foremost arbitral institution for the resolution of foreign investment disputes. Mrs Adekoya’s 6-year…
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LACIAC Newsletter – Dispute Resolution Update.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) brings you the first edition of its Newsletter, Dispute Resolution Update. In this edition, we review events in Nigeria since the last quarter of 2016 which will impact commercial and investment dispute resolution, including: – Efforts to reform Nigeria’s arbitration legislation;…
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The Manufacturing Technical Committee of LACIAC holds maiden edition of Roundtable Discussion on the ‘Challenges of Financing Infrastructure.’

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) in conjunction with Yusuf Ali & Co and Perchstone & Graeys held a roundtable at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to discuss the Challenges of Financing Infrastructure. Investors harped on the need for Nigeria to remove bottlenecks to…
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Appellate Arbitration, Emergency Procedures and Third Party Funding – Significant Features in the Reform of Nigerian Arbitration Law

The Arbitration and Conciliation Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill (The Bill) has successfully passed through the Senate and awaits the concurrence of the House of Representatives and the assent of the Presidential to become law. The purpose of this reform is to modernize Nigeria’s arbitration law and tackle problems that…
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The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

The Nigerian Senate has finally passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill after 17 years of consideration. The bill which seeks to reform the oil and gas industry will unbundle the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), the Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) as…
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Arbitration Reform in Nigeria

Nigeria’s Arbitration Act[1], was enacted in 1988 and is now being reviewed to bring it up to date with international best practices in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Since it was enacted 29 years ago, there have been several important legal developments in arbitration. This year, the Nigerian Senate is…
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LACIAC signs Memorandum of Understanding with LCA.

THE Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC). A statement by the President of the LCA, Olasupo Shasore (SAN) said, “It is an organic partnership as both organisations are committed to improving the business climate…
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