International Arbitration

Our dedicated team of International Arbitration practitioners are fully equipped to help you navigate the complexities of international arbitration in Africa and to guide you through the entire process in a pragmatic and commercially driven manner. 

International Arbitration Services

Navigating the complexities of international arbitration in Africa requires expert guidance through the various factors specific to each jurisdiction on the continent.

Our dedicated team of international arbitration practitioners are fully equipped to help you answer those questions and to guide you through the entire process in a pragmatic and commercially driven manner - from negotiating the arbitration clause, the governing law for the agreement, choosing the appropriate seat and/or location for the arbitration hearing, selecting the most appropriate procedural rules to govern the procedure, choosing the appropriate arbitrator right through to ultimately enforcement of the award, including risk advisory services relating to bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Our services include:

  • The drafting of arbitration clauses and agreements.
  • Choice of governing law.
  • Appropriateness of institutional or ad-hoc arbitration, particularly in Africa.
  • International investment arbitrations.
  • Investment law aspects of treaty-based arbitrations.
  • Risk advisory services relating bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
  • Aspects relating to the rules published by various arbitration institutions.
  • The choice of arbitrator.
  • Interim relief.
  • Procedural aspects of international arbitrations.
  • Challenges to the appointment of arbitrators.
  • Challenges to arbitral awards.
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards.

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International Arbitration Services

Navigating the complexities of international arbitration in Africa requires expert guidance through the various factors specific to each jurisdiction on the continent.

Our dedicated team of international arbitration practitioners are fully equipped to help you answer those questions and to guide you through the entire process in a pragmatic and commercially driven manner - from negotiating the arbitration clause, the governing law for the agreement, choosing the appropriate seat and/or location for the arbitration hearing, selecting the most appropriate procedural rules to govern the procedure, choosing the appropriate arbitrator right through to ultimately enforcement of the award, including risk advisory services relating to bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.

Our services include:

  • The drafting of arbitration clauses and agreements.
  • Choice of governing law.
  • Appropriateness of institutional or ad-hoc arbitration, particularly in Africa.
  • International investment arbitrations.
  • Investment law aspects of treaty-based arbitrations.
  • Risk advisory services relating bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
  • Aspects relating to the rules published by various arbitration institutions.
  • The choice of arbitrator.
  • Interim relief.
  • Procedural aspects of international arbitrations.
  • Challenges to the appointment of arbitrators.
  • Challenges to arbitral awards.
  • Enforcement of arbitral awards.

International Arbitration Lawyers

We guide our clients through the complexities of international arbitration.

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International Arbitration: A comparison of the rules of selected arbitration institutions in Africa and Europe

Traditionally, many disputes involving African parties have been resolved by international arbitration at key arbitral centres in Europe. However, Africa also boasts well-established international arbitration institutions, and contracting parties have the choice of a wide range of arbitral institutions that provide specialised arbitralservices. 

The devil is in the detail: Unpacking arbitral institutions’ statistics

In the current Information Age there is a growing trend of international arbitral institutions releasing detailed information about the disputes they administer. This includes important statistics and information such as the growth of cases, the nationalities of parties, diversity of tribunals and the adoption of new innovations such as expedited proceedings.

Capacity building and fostering expertise in international arbitration in Africa

The central theme of the Johannesburg Arbitration Week 2024 (JAW) was showcasing arbitration in Africa. This prompted engaging discussion and renewed calls for the Africanisation of international arbitration. This encompasses African disputes being arbitrated in Africa, presided over by African arbitrators, administered by African arbitral institutions, and argued by African lawyers. With expanding foreign direct investment in Africa and the expansion of BRICS to Egypt and Ethiopia, the calls to ensure that Africa has a voice in and imprint on the international arbitration proceedings it participates in are gathering momentum. This ensures that Africa’s unique priorities and experiences are sufficiently taken intoconsideration.