As part of Paris Arbitration Week, taking place between the 6th and 10th of July 2020, Reed Smith is delighted to organize a virtual panel discussion on Arbitration in Africa and the role of State courts. With Africa being such a large and promising market for both African and non-African investors, arbitration has naturally become the preferred dispute resolution method for cross-border disputes involving one or more African parties. The development of arbitration itself has attracted much attention over the last years, however arbitration does not operate in a vacuum. In order to be efficient in fulfilling its mission, the arbitral process must be supported (or at least not hindered) by the state judiciary.

Oradores:: Clément Fouchard

Tipo de evento: Seminario web

Nombre de la ubicación:
Paris 75116
Fecha/hora de inicio:
7 July 2020, 9:00 AM France Daylight Time
Fecha/hora de finalización:
7 July 2020, 11:00 AM France Daylight Time

In reality, there are several key points of contact between arbitration and State courts that occur at almost every stage of arbitral process life cycle: from before the constitution of the arbitral tribunal, either in support of arbitration or in order to prevent arbitration proceedings from taking place, to parallel proceedings in related disputes, requests for interim measures and even after completion of the arbitral process  through enforcement and challenge of arbitral awards. 

The current practice on the African continent is very diverse. In certain regions and jurisdictions the outcome is very much encouraging with significant cooperation between arbitration and the State. In other regions, however, misunderstanding and distrust is the norm, preventing the harmonious co-existence between arbitration and litigation.