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Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration

  • 08 Nov 2019
  • JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration

8 November 2019, Hosted by Webber Wentzel, Johannesburg

Drinks Reception Hosted by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Johannesburg


This is the 4th Annual Conference on Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration organised by AILA.  This Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for speakers and delegates to share news and views on the latest developments and trends in Investment Arbitration with a particular focus on their impact on Africa and the role of Africa. 

Who Should Attend?

Arbitrators, in-house counsel, practitioners, academics, government officials and members of the local & international business community interested in, and affected by, current developments and best practice in the field of investment arbitration.


08.30 Registration

09.35 Welcome Address

09.40 Opening Remarks

09.45 Keynote Address5

10.45 South Africa on ISDS: A Response to be Emulated? [This panel will discuss South Africa’s response to investor-state dispute settlement e.g. terminating and not renewing BITs with European States, adopting a new law on foreign investment in 2015 but not terminating BITs with other African States or the regional agreements; and whether other African States should follow suit.]

12.00 Reforming ISDS: Will African States Realise their Potential to Effect Change Through Multilateral Forums? [This panel will discuss the role that African States can play but have not done so effectively thus far, in forums such as ICSID (where they account to nearly a 1/3rd of Member States) and the UNCITRAL Working Group III, in order to influence reforms on investment arbitration]

14.15 Regional and Continental Agreements: Africanisation of Investment Arbitration? [This panel will discuss the regionalisation and continentalisation of international arbitration through agreements such as the COMESA’s Common Investment Area, ECOWAS’s Common Investment Rules, the draft Pan African Investment Code and the CFTA to reverse the trend of exporting African cases abroad].

15.30 China-Africa Relations: Heralding a New Era in Investment Arbitration? [This panel will discuss China’s growing investment in Africa and its BITs concluded with African States and whether these BITs indicate a new trend in investor-state arbitration between Chinese investors  and African States]

16.45 Closing Remarks

17.00 Networking Drinks Reception, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

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