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Our flagship training programme is an annual week-long training programme on Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration delivered in London in the month of September to government and private practice lawyers from across Africa.  We also regularly deliver training, conferences and seminars in African countries and elsewhere.  The seminars and conferences are often delivered in association with other institutions.

    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 19 Sep 2019
    • LONDON, UK

    Applications now closed!

    Investment Treaty Law and Arbitration Training in London

    The programme: intensive training covering aspects of investment treaty law and arbitration, to include: sources of international investment law, investment treaty substantive standards, jurisdictional issues, settlement of investment disputes under ad hoc and ICSID arbitration, case management and recognition, enforcement and challenges of awards. Course materials provided.  CPD hours may be claimed.
    Learning Outcomes: The course aims to equip participants with no prior training in this area, with an understanding of the key concepts of international investment law and the methods for the settlement of disputes between private investors and States.
    Where: London, UK.
    When: 16 – 19 September 2019
    Who should attend? Practitioners from African countries who work in the Attorney General’s chambers or equivalent, treaty negotiators from government ministries, investment promotion agencies or lawyers in private practice dealing with investment treaty issues. Those from non-African countries with a demonstrated interest in the growth of African investment may also apply.
    How to apply: Click here to apply. Applications must be received before 29th March 2019.  Applications submitted without all the information will not be processed. Whilst we value all applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact successful candidates.
    Tuition Fee: Except for a nominal fee of £100 per successful candidate, participants travelling from African countries will be exempt from the full tuition fee of £595.  The nominal fee must be paid within a month (30 days) of acceptance to the programme. The nominal fee is non-refundable even if you do not attend the training except at the absolute discretion of AILA where there are considered to be significant extenuating circumstances.  Participants living in the UK (or other European country) will be charged the full tuition fee.  Please note, as a non-profit organisation, we do NOT offer sponsorship for the cost of airfare, accommodation, hotel meals and incidentals.  It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that they can cover these expenses.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • JOHANNESBURG, South Africa

    Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration

    8 November 2019, Hosted by Webber Wentzel, Johannesburg

    Drinks Reception Hosted by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, Johannesburg


    This is the 4th Annual Conference on Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration organised by AILA.  This Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for speakers and delegates to share news and views on the latest developments and trends in Investment Arbitration with a particular focus on their impact on Africa and the role of Africa. 

    Who Should Attend?

    Arbitrators, in-house counsel, practitioners, academics, government officials and members of the local & international business community interested in, and affected by, current developments and best practice in the field of investment arbitration.


    08.30 Registration

    09.35 Welcome Address

    09.40 Opening Remarks

    09.45 Keynote Address5

    10.45 South Africa on ISDS: A Response to be Emulated? [This panel will discuss South Africa’s response to investor-state dispute settlement e.g. terminating and not renewing BITs with European States, adopting a new law on foreign investment in 2015 but not terminating BITs with other African States or the regional agreements; and whether other African States should follow suit.]

    12.00 Reforming ISDS: Will African States Realise their Potential to Effect Change Through Multilateral Forums? [This panel will discuss the role that African States can play but have not done so effectively thus far, in forums such as ICSID (where they account to nearly a 1/3rd of Member States) and the UNCITRAL Working Group III, in order to influence reforms on investment arbitration]

    14.15 Regional and Continental Agreements: Africanisation of Investment Arbitration? [This panel will discuss the regionalisation and continentalisation of international arbitration through agreements such as the COMESA’s Common Investment Area, ECOWAS’s Common Investment Rules, the draft Pan African Investment Code and the CFTA to reverse the trend of exporting African cases abroad].

    15.30 China-Africa Relations: Heralding a New Era in Investment Arbitration? [This panel will discuss China’s growing investment in Africa and its BITs concluded with African States and whether these BITs indicate a new trend in investor-state arbitration between Chinese investors  and African States]

    16.45 Closing Remarks

    17.00 Networking Drinks Reception, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr


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