CFP: Int’l Arbitration involving Commercial and Investment Disputes in Africa

Transnational Dispute Management

Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) announces a special issue on international arbitration involving commercial and investment disputes in Africa.  Proposals for papers should be submitted to Thomas R. Snider (, Professor Won Kidane ( and Perry S. Bechky (, as well as cc  Submission deadline: January 31, 2016.  Publication is expected in July-August 2016.

Please see the TDM Call for Papers: Special Issue on Int’l Arbitration involving Commercial and Investment Disputes in Africa website for more information.

“Africa’s accelerating economic development is attracting a substantial increase in cross-border commerce, trade, and investment on the continent, and disputes arising from this increased economic activity are inevitably bound to follow. International arbitration will be the preferred method for resolving many of these disputes. Indeed, the growing focus on international arbitration to resolve commercial and investment disputes relating to Africa is reflected, among other ways, in the fact that the International Council on Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) will be holding its 22nd Congress for the first time in Africa in May 2016 in Mauritius.”

“To a great extent, the issues that arise in international arbitration in or relating to Africa will be no different than those that arise in arbitrations around the globe. Converging international arbitration procedures and the predictability and stability afforded by the New York Convention and Washington Convention help to ensure that this is the case. Yet party autonomy remains a core value of the international arbitral system, and, as such, regional approaches and local culture will continue to shape African-related arbitrations to a degree, just as they do elsewhere. Africa’s rapid development is also likely to play a role in shaping international arbitration in this region.”

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