Greenberg Traurig hosted the Third Annual Penn State International Arbitration Day at its Washington, D.C. office on March 11, 2016. This event was a day-long conference entitled “The Future of International Arbitration in Africa” and was co-sponsored by Penn State Law School, Penn State School of International Affairs, the American Society of International Law, and media sponsor Transnational Dispute Management.
The conference reflected on the role of arbitration in Africa in light of the accelerating growth of cross-border commerce, trade, and investment on the continent and bilateral relations between African countries. These issues and others were the topics of the following panel discussions:
- The Legacy of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission;
- The Institutions and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration in Africa;
- Structural Challenges for Dispute Resolution in Africa: Culture, Diversity and Development; and
- Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa.
The conference’s keynote address by Edward W. Fasholé-Luke II, an international arbitrator from Botswana. Mr. Luke, an attorney with Luke and Associates in Gaborone, Botswana, provided an overview of international arbitration from the perspective of an Africa-based arbitrator.
In addition to Mr. Luke, the speakers included a distinguished list of academics and practitioners from Penn State and the academic and international arbitration communities in the Washington, DC area and beyond. These speakers included a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration, a representative from the Lagos Court of Arbitration, and a member of the UN International Law Commission.
The conference drew nearly 100 participants, including diplomats, practitioners, in-house lawyers, academics, and students, among others.
Greenberg Traurig was very pleased to host this important and successful conference.