25 August 2016
The second conference in the "SOAS Arbitration in Africa" conference series organised by Dr Emilia Onyema was hosted by the Lagos Court of Arbitration from 22-24 June 2016 on the topic, "Rethinking the role of Courts and Judges in Supporting Arbitration in Africa". The conference was attended by 131 people made up of arbitration practitioners, lawyers, judges, academics, researchers and students. Over the two days were six panels of 6-7 speakers from 17 jurisdictions, including the Chief Justice of Zambia, Irene Chirwa Mambilima (SOAS, LLM 1995/96) and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (represented by Justice John Okoro of the Nigerian Supreme Court). The papers from the conference are available link and the photos are available using this link. One delegate noted "I have been further encouraged to pursue arbitration as a veritable and reliable source of dispute resolution" and another stated “I will as a result of what I have learnt encourage parties to hold Arbitration within Africa.”
The third conference in the series will be hosted by the Cairo Regional Centre for Arbitration from 3-5 April 2017 on the role of governments in the development of arbitration in Africa.