Africa Outlook: Arbitration Trends

September 21, 2021


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As part of Paris Arbitration Week, Cleary Gottlieb presented a webinar, Africa Outlook: Arbitration Trends.

The event discussed recent developments relating to arbitration in Africa and the challenges faced by arbitral institutions on the continent, and included a debate on how to foster diversity in arbitration. Panelists included arbitration practitioners from different African jurisdictions, client representatives, and leading members of arbitral institutions in Africa.

The schedule for the webinar included:

Introduction: Jean-Yves Garaud, partner, Cleary Gottlieb

Panel 1: “West Africa: Recent Arbitration Trends by Jurisdiction”

Moderator: Christopher Moore, partner, Cleary Gottlieb


  • Aurélia Mafongo Kamga, associate, Chazai & Partners, Cameroon
  • Kizito Beyuo, partner, Beyuo & Co, Ghana
  • Folashade Alli, partner, Folashade Alli & Associates, Nigeria
  • Olivier Amalaman, partner, KSK Avocats, Côte d’Ivoire
  • Thierno Olory-Togbe, Principal Legal Counsel, African Legal Support Facility, Côte d’Ivoire

Panel 2: “Arbitral Institutions in Africa: How to Reconcile Client Service and Adjudication Functions?”

Moderator: Laurie Achtouk-Spivak, counsel, Cleary Gottlieb


  • Diamana Diawara, Regional Director for Africa, ICC International Court of Arbitration
  • Dr. Ismail Selim, director, The Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • Godwin Omoaka, SAN, partner, Templars; and board member, Lagos Court of Arbitration
  • Fabio Londero, Group General Counsel, Danieli

Panel 3: “Debate: To Foster Diversity, Should We Do Away With Party Appointments for Arbitrators?”

Moderator: Naomi Tarawali, associate, Cleary Gottlieb


  • Diane Okoko, partner, Marcus-Okoko & Co, Nigeria
  • Paulman Chungu, partner, Ranchhod, Chungu Advocates, Zambia
  • Madeline Kimei, Principal Director, iResolve, Tanzania
  • Dr. Rukia Baruti, Secretary General, African Arbitration Association, Rwanda

Learn more about the webinar here.

Cleary also presented another webinar during Paris Arbitration Week: Investment Arbitration and the Green Transition.