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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) is experiencing an increasing number of arbitrations where one of the parties, and more significantly the claimant, is from Sub-Saharan Africa. The range of disputes is broadening from resource extraction to major infrastructure projects, farming and even football. There is a strong correlation between the growth in external investment … Continue reading The future of institutional arbitration in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa

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The past decade witnessed remarkable developments in the law and practice of arbitration in Africa (jurisdictions like Ghana and South Africa enacted new arbitration laws in 2010 and 2017 respectively; courts across the African continent have increasingly shown willingness to enforce validly made arbitration agreements and awards; various arbitration initiatives have sprung up and have … Continue reading The proposed amendment of Nigeria’s Federal Arbitration Law could see the arbitration landscape in Nigeria improve significantly

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Africa continues to attract significant foreign investment, fuelled by rapid urbanisation, technological growth and a rising demand for basic services and infrastructure development. The associated upsurge in cross-jurisdictional disputes involving African parties, many of which are referred to arbitration rather than conventional civil court process, is evident from the annual case load statistics released by … Continue reading Getting sorted in southern Africa: how to enforce foreign arbitral awards

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Investment protection has become a linchpin of investment policies adopted by both developing and developed Middle Eastern jurisdictions over the past two to three decades. In the light of steadily diminishing oil reserves, the oil-rich nations in particular have become acutely aware of the need to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) for their sustained economic … Continue reading Investment arbitration in the Middle East: basic trends and developments (Part 1)

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The civil unrest that was at the root of the Arab Spring has given rise to a series of investor state claims. Many of these have been brought against a Middle East and North Africa (MENA) host state in arbitration, typically under a bilateral investment treaty (BIT) between the country of the foreign investor and … Continue reading Investment arbitration in the Arab Spring: first lessons

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Investor-state dispute resolution (ISDS) has been the subject of intense global scrutiny in recent years. In Europe, the EU Commission has been driving forward a proposal for the creation of a multilateral investment court system to replace ad hoc arbitration in existing bilateral and multilateral treaties. In July of this year, the UN Commission on … Continue reading A new approach to investment protection? Recent developments in Africa

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Brazil’s experience with investment agreements stands in sharp contrast to that of other countries. At a time when most states were promoting them, Brazil declined to do so. For this reason, the government’s recent promotion of cooperation and facilitation investment agreements (CFIAs) is of some interest. This blog post discusses the context in which CFIAs … Continue reading Trends in investment treaty arbitration: a perspective on Brazil

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The use of international arbitration has expanded over the years to encompass a wide array of sectors. For example, while the majority of financial services disputes still end up in court, many of them are submitted to arbitration. Of the London Court of International Arbitration’s (LCIA’s) caseload in 2016, 20% comprised of such disputes. This … Continue reading Will life sciences provide a growth injection for international arbitration?