South Africa: Proposed new rules for mediation (to the exclusion of arbitration) in investor-state disputes

Draft Regulations have been published by the South African government setting out rules for the mediation of investor-state disputes (to the exclusion of international arbitration).   Click here to read our Johannesburg office's bulletin, which highlights concerns with the proposed developments and calls for the Regulations to be brought into harmony with international best practice, such as the … Read more

Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa: 2nd edition

Herbert Smith Freehills has published an updated second edition of our Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa, a publication summarising the key dispute resolution procedures and trends in each of Africa's 54 diverse jurisdictions. Since its publication in 2013, the first edition of the Guide has proved to be an invaluable resource not just for those facing disputes in Africa but for anyone … Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 6)

Further to our previous five posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in the final part the responses from South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe to the question: are parties to litigation or arbitration required … Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 5)

Further to our previous four posts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 5 the responses from Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia and South Africa to the question: are parties to … Read more

Establishment of the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution in Jordan for IP disputes

The Arab Intellectual Property Mediation and Arbitration Society (AIPMAS) (based in Amman, Jordan) recently held an extraordinary meeting where it was unanimously agreed to establish the Arab Center for Dispute Resolution (ACDR). AIPMAS  is a non-profit organisation established by practitioners in the field of intellectual property (IP) in the Arab region, headed by Dr Talal Abu … Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 4)

Further to our previous three posts (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 4 the responses from Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique and Namibia to the question: are parties to litigation or arbitration required to consider or submit to … Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 3)

Further to our previous two posts (Part 1 and Part 2) on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 3 the responses from Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya and Lesotho to the question: are parties to litigation or arbitration required to consider or submit to alternative … Read more

Alternative dispute resolution in Africa (Part 2)

Further to our previous post on the use of ADR in Africa we now feature in part 2 the responses from Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Cȏte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti and Egypt. Read more