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BCM Acquisition of Nzema Mine on Hold

8 November 2018

An Accra High Court (Commercial Division) has placed an interlocutory injunction on the sale of the Nzema Mine at Teleku Bokazo in the Western Region pending the resolution of a dispute in respect of royalties payable to African Champion Industries (ACI).


Huge Win for Kenya as Tribunal Awards Ksh 200 billion in Cortec Mining Case


23 October 2018

A case by Cortec Mining (K) Ltd and two others against the Republic of Kenya amounting to Ksh.200billion has been dismissed.

In the case filed in June 2015, the mining firm sought compensation after the government cancelled its mining licences for the exploration and development of minerals in Mrima Hills, Kwale County terming it as ‘unlawful’.


Acacia Mining Threatens Tanzania with legal action


19 October 2018

Acacia Mining (LON:ACA), the Tanzanian gold producer dealing with an ongoing dispute with the country’s administration, has threatened to sue the government in international court as concerns about the safety of its staff mount.


Mauritian Arbitration Centre Launches New Rules


16 October 2018

The Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is promoting its arbitration centre as the future of international arbitration in the country, following the launch of a new set of rules designed to bring it up to speed with other international centres.


Congo Miners Seek Code Concessions as Arbitration on Hold


12 October 2018

Miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo are seeking concessions under the nation’s new industry code and holding off challenging it through arbitration, in the hope they can still wring out a compromise in the world’s main source of cobalt and Africa’s biggest copper producer.

World Duty Free Award Set Aside in Kenya


8 October 2018

A company associated with businessman Kamlesh Pattni has lost a Sh.9.4 billion claim against the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) over eviction from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Tanzania Terminates BIT with the Netherlands


6 October 2018

Tanzania has terminated its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands that East African and Dutch civil society had said was biased against the country.

English High Court Extends Injunction against Djibouti Port Company 

23 September 2018


The government of Dubai reported on Sunday, 23 September 2018 that a U.K. High Court judge had extended an injunction first made on 31 August 2018 against Port de Djibouti S.A. (“PDSA”), Djibouti’s port operator that bars it from interfering in the management of the joint venture company, Doraleh Container Terminal S.A. (“DCT”). 

Tanzania cites bias as it changes laws governing arbitration

17 September 2018 


Tanzania has moved to ensure that investor disputes are resolved locally after Attorney General Adelardus Kilangi pushed through parliament the Public Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Tanzanian Government Seeks to Kill Off International Arbitration Option

12 September 2018


Proposed amendments to legislation covering Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been tabled in Parliament seeking to ensure that all disputes arising from government contracts with private entities are conclusively dealt with by Tanzanian courts and not international arbitration bodies.

Egypt to pay Spanish-Italian JV $2bn in natural gas dispute

3 September 2018


Egypt has been ordered by an ICSID tribunal to pay more than US$2bn to an Italian and Spanish joint venture over a natural gas dispute.  



CRCICA and KIAC Conclude Memorandum of Understanding

31 August 2018


On 31 August 2018, during the 6th East African International Arbitration Conference held in Addis Ababa, the Director of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA), Dr Ismail Selim and the Secretary General of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC), Dr Fidele Masengo, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which aims to provide a framework through which the two arbitral institutions can develop a mutually beneficial relationship.  

PCA Arbitration Proceedings Against Zambia Commence

31 August 2018


Arbitral proceedings have begun in a matter Zambia has been sued in the Permanent Court of Arbitration(PCA) by oil trading company Gunvor of South Africa over an oil deal.


ICSID Arbitration Award against Tanzania's Tanesco survives annulment bid

22 August 2018


On 22 August 2018, an ICSID ad hoc committee upheld a US$148.4 million award in favour of Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong against Tanzanian's state-run electricity supply company, TANESCO.

East Africa Metals Provides Corporate Update on Ethiopian Project Development and Tanzanian Arbitration

21 August 2018


East Africa Metals Inc. (TSX Venture: EAM) (“East Africa” or the “Company”) would like to provide an update on the development of its Ethiopian Projects in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (“Ethiopia”) and the arbitration hearing related to its Tanzanian assets.


FutureSpace's International Arbitration Centre a Breakthrough in Conflict Resolution

19 August 2018


South Africa is experiencing a troubling lack of prosecutions of commercial crimes in both the public and the private sector, Judge Dennis Davis lamented at the launch of a new arbitration centre last week. 


Sudan wants ONGC Videsh to Withdraw Arbitration over Oil Payment Dues

17 August 2018


Sudan wants India's ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) to withdraw arbitration proceedings against the African nation as it is making efforts to mitigate default on payment of dues, OVL said in a statement on Friday.

ICSID is Modernising its Rules for ISDS

3 August 2018


ICSID is amending its rules and regulations. This marks the fourth time the ICSID rules have been updated, and is the most extensive review to date.

The overarching goals are to modernize, simplify, and streamline the rules, while also leveraging information technology to reduce the environmental footprint of ICSID proceedings. The process draws on the lessons learned from hundreds of ICSID cases.

Kenyan Lawyer Secures Chartered Institute of Arbitration Seat Unopposed

3 August 2018


A Kenyan lawyer and scholar has received a rare opportunity to sit on the globally renowned Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Board of Trustees.

Launch of the African Arbitration Association 

18 June 2018


On 29 June 2018, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF), will host a conference on Arbitration in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire that will also launch the African Arbitration Association (AfAA).

The AfAA, founded for the purpose of promoting the development of international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent will be the continent’s promotional body for African arbitration institutions, African arbitration initiatives and African arbitrators.


African Arbitration Association is a welcome initiative

2 July 2018

In several conferences held in Africa on arbitration, a common reiteration has been to establish an agency that can promote international arbitration and other forms of international dispute resolution on the African continent.

Now the dream has come true; just recently, the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) was established. Under its constitution adopted on 18 June, 2018, AfAA is a non-profit association that does not administer arbitrations but will act as the platform for African international arbitration practitioners and African arbitration institutions within the African continent to enhance the capacity of African parties, institutions and practitioners.






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