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Fostering Legal Excellence, Boosting Intra-African Trade: The Thriving African International Arbitration Challenge

  • By Hajar Maider
  • January 05, 2024

In the heart of Mauritius, beneath the African sun, a legal showdown awaits. From June 12-13, 2024 , the vibrant island nation will host the third edition of the African International Arbitration Challenge, this time with a crucial focus: unraveling the intricacies of the African Continental Free Trade Area's (Zlecaf) Investment Protocol.

Breaking free from its Parisian roots, this edition welcomes eight diverse teams across the continent, from Benin to Tunisia, representing the future of African legal prowess. Each team, a tapestry of students, doctoral candidates, trainee lawyers, and magistrates, brings a unique perspective to the table, united by a single ambition: to excel in the crucible of international arbitration.

The African Academy of International Law Practice (Aapdi) , is a platform where practical skills are not just tested but forged. This isn't just about trophies; it's about shaping the next generation of African arbitration leaders, equipped to navigate the ever-evolving legal landscape of Zlecaf.

But what awaits these future leaders?

• Real-world relevance: Participants will tackle a cutting-edge case study , a hypothetical investment dispute arising under the Zlecaf Investment Protocol , honing their skills in a context they understand.
• Simulated tribunals: Stepping into the shoes of legal advisors, teams will showcase their mastery of procedures, legal reasoning, and eloquence before a mock arbitral tribunal, composed of renowned international arbitration experts.
• Expert insights: Interactive workshops led by industry giants will illuminate the ever-evolving landscape of Zlecaf arbitration, equipping participants with the tools to excel in this dynamic field.
• Networking opportunities: Beyond the competitive spirit, the Challenge fosters meaningful connections. This vibrant space brings together legal professionals, professors, and students, nurturing cross-border collaboration and building bridges across disciplines.

The African International Arbitration Challenge stands as a powerful testament to this shared vision. By nurturing legal excellence and regional unity, it empowers the next generation to shape the future of Zlecaf, and ultimately, the future of Africa itself.
Will you be a part of this transformative journey? We invite you to visit the CAAI website to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and how you can contribute to shaping the future of African arbitration.

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