Conference Agenda

Through consultations with the stakeholders, the programme committee has made all efforts to develop the most appropriate and relevant agenda for the EAIAC 2017

  • 28 Sept 2017
    Day 1
  • 29 SEPT 2017
    Day 2
  • Morning Session
  • Afternoon Session
08:00 - 09:00
Delegates Registration

09:00-09:45 Speed Networking Session

09:45 - 10.00
Organizing Committee’s Welcome Remarks

10:00 - 10:10
KIAC Welcome Remarks

10:10 - 10:30
Keynote Speeches

Networking Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:15 Opening Presentation
Setting the Stage: Outlining the African and Global Arbitration practice and notable developments over the last 12 months

      Leyou Tameru,Founder & Managing Director, I-Arb Africa-Ethiopia      

11:15 - 12:15 Panel Discussion
Panel 1: East Africa’s Investment Opportunities and Risks

  James Wairoto, Senior Associate, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya. East Africa’s Investment Deals (covering agriculture, energy, banking, infrastructure and innovation) Investment Risks and Ease of Doing Business in the EA Region Making Investment Work In East Africa – Rwanda’s Model 

12:15 - 13:15 Panel Discussion
Panel 2: East Africa’s Trade regimes, finance and negotiation

  • Intra-Africa trade regimes (Covering EAC, COMESA, SADC and AU) 
  • Trends in EA bilateral and Multilateral investment treaties (covering MoUs and BiTs)
  • Financing and negotiation of international trade and investment

Networking Lunch Break

14:30 - 15:30 Panel Discussion
Panel 3: All about the Money: Damages in International Arbitration

  • Exploring the damages landscape (East African case studies on cause of action and quantum of loss)
  • The economics of damages (discussion on quantum assessment)
  • The law on quantum and proof of loss (foreseeability test, future loss)

15:30 - 16:30 Panel Discussion
Panel 4: Additional Players in International Arbitration

  • Understanding expert witnesses (who are they and who do they owe a duty)
  • Asset tracing in international arbitration
  • The rise of arbitration funding (and effects of champerty and maintenance)

Networking Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:15 Round-Table Discussion
DELEGATE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Participants will be grouped in tables of 8-10 delegates. The delegates will discuss a pre-selected topic.
  • At the end of 30 minutes, a group member will present to the entire audience a summary of the group’s discussion.

18:15 - 18:30 Close of Day 1
Plenary, End of Day 1

EAIAC 5th Anniversary Celebration and Cocktail Reception

18:30 - 21:00

  • Morning Session
  • Afternoon Session
08:30 - 09:00
Networking and Delegate Registration

09:00 - 09:30 Opening Plenary
Recap of conference & Keynote Speech

09:30 - 10:30 Panel Discussion
Panel 5: Arbitration involving States and State Parties

  • Peculiarities of Arbitrating with States
  • Causes of disputes in BITs and PPPs, and cost of Arbitration to African governments (select case studies)
  • The case for investment arbitration (African case studies and whether it works)

Networking Coffee break

11:00 - 12:00 Panel Discussion
Panel 6: Africans in Arbitration – Are we there yet?

  • Before The case for African arbitration institutions and African seats  
  • African international arbitrators – Are they world class?
  • African and International Law firms – Competition, collaboration, in-between?

12:00 - 13:00 Panel Discussion
Panel 7: Awards and enforcement: How, where and why?

  • Before the award – the arbitration agreement/clause
  • Making a bullet-proof award – reflections of an arbitrator
  • Award enforcement and challenge – NY Convention and Local Law

Networking Lunch Break

14:15 - 15:15 Panel Discussion
Panel 8: Addressing tough questions in international arbitration

  • The question of Bias of Party-Appointed Arbitrators – is it there?
  • Fraud and corruption in international arbitration – cause and effect
  • Cultural Issues in International Arbitration – Myth or reality?

16:15 - 16:30 Closing Plenary
End of Day 2 Closing remarks and thanks