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PROGRAMME
PROGRAMME
DAY 1 - TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020

PLENARY 1: OPENING SESSION 09h00 - 10h30
09h00 - 10h30
PLENARY 1: OPENING SESSION
MC: Ghandi Badela

1.1 A choral performance
1.2 Welcome address:
- Lindi Nkosi-Thomas SC, Vice Chair of AFSA
1.3 Message from the Government of South Africa
1.4 Thematic over-view of the conference:
Michael Kuper SC, Chairman of AFSA and CAJAC Johannesburg.

Conference Photograph
TEA 10h30 - 11h00
10h30 - 11h00
TEA
PLENARY 2: LAUNCH OF THE NEW AFSA INTERNATIONAL RULES 11h00 - 12h30
11h00 - 12h30
PLENARY 2: LAUNCH OF THE NEW AFSA INTERNATIONAL RULES
Introduction:
- Prof Maxi Scherer, Prof of Law, Chairperson of the AFSA International Rules Drafting Committee. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
- Prof David Butler; Chief Legal Advisor to AFSA
- Paula Hodges QC, Herbert Smith Freehills-Global Head of Arbitration
- Prof Emilia Oneyema, SOAS, Advisory Board Member: AFSA International Rules Revision
- Prof Lise Bosman, University of Cape Town, Drafting Committee Member: AFSA International Rules Revision
- Steven Finizio, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Advisory Board Member: AFSA International Rules Revision.


LUNCH 12h30 - 13h30
12h30 - 13h30
LUNCH
PLENARY 3: A PERSPECTIVE ON INVESTMENT, ECONOMY AND BUSINESS IN SOUTH AFRICA 13h30 - 15h00
13h30 - 15h00
PLENARY 3: A PERSPECTIVE ON INVESTMENT, ECONOMY AND BUSINESS IN SOUTH AFRICA
A frank examination of South Africa's current approach to foreign investment, what substantive protections, domestically, regionally or internationally, an investor can expect, including an examination of both constitutional protections and constitutional hazards, and whether international arbitration has a role to play in securing foreign investment.

Moderator: Sarah Mc Kenzie, Partner Webber Wentzel

Panellists:
- Justice David Unterhalter
- Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman of JSE listed Massmart, Chairman of Aspen
- Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce and member of the Southern African Canada Chamber of Commerce.
- Vlad Movshovich, Partner Webber Wentzel.

Other prominent business leaders have been invited to join in the panel discussion -TBC


TEA 15h00 - 15h30
15h00 - 15h30
TEA
BREAKAWAY A: SOUTH AFRICA AS AN ARBITRAL SEAT 15h30 - 17h00
15h30 - 17h00
BREAKAWAY A: SOUTH AFRICA AS AN ARBITRAL SEAT

A1 The legislative framework and the government perspective
Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, John Jeffreys


A2 The courts and international arbitration: the judicial perspective
Introduction: Senior representative of the Judiciary

Panel Discussion:
Moderator: Jackwell Feris, Director Dispute Resolution, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
- Justice David Unterhalter
- Mr Roger Wakefield, Werksmans Attorneys
- Kameshni Pillay SC, Johannesburg Bar



A3 Civil War in the Courts: fairness versus certainty in the interpretation and enforcement of contracts.
Moderator: Alexander Brabant, DLA Piper
- Adv Leon Kushke SC, Cape Bar
- Dr Rashri Baboolal - Franck, Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Law, University of Pretoria
- Leslie Mkhabela, Mkhabela Huntley Attorneys

BREAKAWAY B 15h30 - 17h00
15h30 - 17h00
BREAKAWAY B

B1 The challenge is undeniable-ethnic and gender diversity remains lacking in international arbitration. What are the solutions
Moderator: Lindi Nkosi-Thomas
Panel discussion including:
- Madeline Kimei, President of the Tanzania Institute of Arbitrators
- Natasha Peter, Counsel, Barrister Gide Paris
- Susan Mutangadura, ArbP (Swiss Arbitration Academy), Commercial Arbitrator


B2 Where is the expertise in arbitration practice: the Bars or the international firms?

Debate:
- Jeremy Gauntlett SC
- Mike Tselentis QC
- A third voice Judges:
- David Brynmor QC, Honorary Professor of Law, School of International Arbitration, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
- Hon Justice Edward Torgbor, Arbitrator
- Patrick Lane SC, Vice Chair of AFSA, Chairman AFSA International Division.
WINE TASTING AT THE MASLOW

Wine Tasting proudly sponsored by FTI Consulting

An informal welcome to our delegates by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Hon Ronald Lamola.



DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH 2020

PLENARY 1: CAJAC AND THE AFRICAN SILK ROAD 09h00 - 10h30
09h00 - 10h30
PLENARY 1: CAJAC AND THE AFRICAN SILK ROAD
1.1 Introductory Remarks
1.2 Harmonising the Rules for the China Africa Joint Arbitration Centre
- Prof David Butler, Chief Legal Advisor to AFSA
1.3 Introduction to CAJAC Member Centres:
Video recording or in person (Please note that due to travel restrictions, contributions from Chinese speakers will be pre-recorded).

- CAJAC Shanghai (Shanghai International Arbitration Centre)
- CAJAC Beijing (Beijing International Arbitration Centre)
- CAJAC Shenzhen (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration)
- CAJAC Nairobi (Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration)
- CAJAC OHADA (Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa)
- CAJAC Johannesburg (The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa)

Adopting the CAJAC Constitution and the uniform CAJAC Rules.
TEA 10h30 - 11h00
10h30 - 11h00
TEA
PLENARY 2: BELT AND ROAD 11h00 - 12h30
11h00 - 12h30
PLENARY 2: BELT AND ROAD
Introduction by Lindi Nkosi-Thomas

2.1 Designing a BRICS Arbitral Mechanism.
- Prashant Kumar, President-elect Indian Bar Association.
- Alex Kamath, Harvard Law School
2.2 The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
- Laurence Franc-Menget, Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris
2.3 *The Role of the Commercial Courts in Belt and Road disputes
*Speakers to be confirmed.
LUNCH 12h30 - 13h30
12h30 - 13h30
LUNCH
PLENARY 3: EUROPE AND AFRICA 13h30 - 15h00
13h30 - 15h00
PLENARY 3: EUROPE AND AFRICA
3.1 Looking for a collaborative relationship
Moderator: Edwin Glasgow QC
Panellists:
- John Bishop
- Harry Matovu QC
- Patrick Taylor, Debevoise and Plimpton
- Nadia Darwazeh, Clyde & Co
- Andrew Cannon
- Patrick Lane SC.
3.2 Mediation: Europe's Journey and Experience with Africa.
- Richard Laudy, Pinsent Masons
TEA 15h00 - 15h30
15h00 - 15h30
TEA
BREAKAWAY A: SOUTH AFRICA AS AN ARBITRAL SEAT 15h30 - 17h00
15h30 - 17h00
BREAKAWAY A

A1 Dispute Resolution 2.0: how legal tech helps disputes to be resolved in the era of Big Data
- Charlie Morgan, Herbert Smith Freehills, London
A2 Third Party Funding
- Jonathan Ripley Evans, Herbert Smith Freehills
- Neil Lazarus, Taurus Capital Finance Group - member of the Investment Committee
BREAKAWAY B 15h30 - 17h00
15h30 - 17h00
BREAKAWAY B

B1 Climate Change and its impact on contracts, risk assessment and investment protocols
Panel discussion including:
- Dr Patricia Nacimiento, Herbert Smith Freehills, Frankfurt
- Kate Davies, Allen & Overy
- Wandisile Mandala, Bowmans
B2 Business and Human Rights
Introduction: Prof Michael Katz, Chair ENSafrica.
- Suzanne Spears, Allen & Overy
- Sarah Gon, Institute of Race Relations
BREAKAWAY C 15h30 - 17h00
15h30 - 17h00
BREAKAWAY C

C1 The arbitrator's duty of disclosure: do we need another look at the IBA rules?
Moderator: Craig Watt-Pringle SC, Chairman General Council of the Bar
- Marie Stoyanov, Allen & Overy
- Des Williams, Werksmans
- Chris Loxton - TBC
C2 How to get the chemistry right in choosing the arbitration tribunal?
- Zelda Hunter, White & Case
- Prof Bruce Collins QC
DINNER AT THE INANDA CLUB
Dress: Semi-formal


DAY 3 - THURSDAY 19 MARCH 2020

PLENARY 1: DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN AFRICA 09h00 - 10h30
09h00 - 10h30
PLENARY 1: DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN AFRICA
1.1 Mediation in the African Context
- The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, the Hon Ronald Lamola
1.2 The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the design of a Dispute Resolution Mechanism
- Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile, Professor of Law, University of Arkansas School of Law.
- Wesley Pydiamah, Eversheds Sutherland, Paris
- Emilia Oneyema, SOAS, London
- Robert Legh, Bowmans
TEA 10h30 - 11h00
10h30 - 11h00
TEA
PLENARY 2: CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION IN AFRICA: TRACKING TRENDS 11h00 - 12h30
11h00 - 12h30
PLENARY 2: CONSTRUCTION ARBITRATION IN AFRICA: TRACKING TRENDS
2.1 International themes and trends in construction disputes
- Richard Laudy, Pinsent Masons
2.2 Panel discussion: construction disputes in Africa: opportunities and challenges.
- David Brown, Clyde & Co
- Abdul Jinadu, Keating Chambers
- Prudence Mille, Andrew Miller & Associates
- Shane Voigt, Pinsent Masons
2.3 Construction disputes in Africa-a case study
- William la Grange SC
LUNCH 12h30 - 13h30
12h30 - 13h30
LUNCH
PLENARY 3: UNIFICATION OF A CONTINENT 13h30 - 15h30
13h30 - 15h30
PLENARY 3: UNIFICATION OF A CONTINENT
Introduction: Des Williams
3.1 The SADC Region, the role of SADC-LA and the partnership with AFSA
- Stanley Nyamanhindi
3.2 Harmonisation of arbitration and business practice in Southern Africa-what does it mean?
- Susan Mutangadura
3.3 The AFSA Perspective: AFSA's role in the Southern African region
- Lindi Nkosi-Thomas SC
3.4 Opportunities and Challenges
- Paulman Chungu
- Sternford Moyo, Chairman and senior partner Scanlen and Holderness
Q&A
Q&A
3.5 Building a Bridge: Exploring the sharing of an arbitral mechanism for African Arbitration
Introduction: Michael Kuper SC
Panel discussion:
Representatives from the leading arbitral institutions across Africa.

SUMMARY AND CLOSING Approx. 15h30
Approx. 15h30
SUMMARY AND CLOSING

Invitation to end on a high note



FRIDAY 20 MARCH 2020

PUBLIC LECTURES AT AFSA
Grindrod Tower, 8A Protea Place (off Fredman Drive, Sandton)

Public lectures offered at AFSA on Friday 20 March 20 are free of charge, but attendees are required to book in advance as demand is likely to exceed the seating available.
Please contact Selina Tshabalala selina@arbitration.co.za to make a booking.
Registration and light breakfast 08h00
08h00
Registration and light breakfast
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AFSA YOUTH CHAPTER 08h30 - 10h00
08h30 - 10h00
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE AFSA YOUTH CHAPTER
Introduction: Michael Kuper SC, Chairman of AFSAM
- Kate Davies, Allen & Overy
Messages of support

The AFSA Youth Chapter is open to young legal professionals throughout SADC and will provide a welcoming framework for information, lectures, networking and activities in arbitration.
TEA 10h00 - 10h30
10h00 - 10h30
TEA
THE ROLE OF THE EXPERT IN ARBITRATION 10h30 - 11h10
10h30 - 11h10
THE ROLE OF THE EXPERT IN ARBITRATION
Presented by Greg Harman, Managing Director of Berkley Research Group (UK) Ltd
  • Can experts be truly independent if they are appointed by the parties? Does it matter?
  • Presented with the same factual mix, why do experts often disagree?
  • How can the arbitration process be managed to ensure that experts provide helpful evidence to the Tribunal?
AFSA INTERNATIONAL RULES UNPACKED 11h15 - 13h15
11h15 - 13h15
AFSA INTERNATIONAL RULES UNPACKED
A practical workshop on the revised AFSA International Rules.

Presenters:
- Prof Maxi Sherer, Prof of Law and Chairperson of the AFSA International Rules Drafting Committee and Advisory Board
- Prof David Butler, Chief Legal Advisor to AFSA
- Prof Emilia Oneyema, SOAS, University of London
- Jonathan Lim
- Dr Gregory Travaini
- Jonathan Ripley-Evans, Herbert Smith Freehills
LUNCH 13h15
13h15
LUNCH
DAY ENDS