LCIA-MIAC Joint Venture Agreement Terminated

The London Court of International Arbitration (the LCIA) and the Government of Mauritius have announced the termination of their joint venture which established the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre. LCIA-MIAC was created in 2011 as a focal point for international arbitration in… Read more

The Impact of the Arab Spring on International Arbitration

Laurence Franc-Menget, Avocat à la Cour and Of Counsel in Herbert Smith Freehills' Paris office, has published an article in the International Business Law Journal, examining the impact of the Arab Spring on international arbitration. The article considers a tentative… Read more

New dispute resolution rules for foreign investors in South Africa

South Africa’s draft regulations for investor-state mediation require refinement to work effectively with international arbitration. Interested parties have until 28 February 2017 to comment on draft Regulations on Mediation Rules (Regulations) published by South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry… 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… Read more

Burundi becomes 150th state party to the New York Convention

Burundi, a state in East Africa, has become the 150th state party to the New York Convention 1958 (the Convention). Burundi made a "commerciality reservation" to the Convention, which means that the Convention will only apply to disputes characterized as… Read more

Egypt prevails on “fork-in-the-road” provision

In an unpublished ICSID decision last month (the Decision), reported in Global Arbitration Review and Investment Arbitration Reporter, the Arab Republic of Egypt (Egypt) successfully knocked out the majority of claims brought by California-based H&H Enterprises Investments (H&H) by way… Read more

Tanzanian Courts Injunct ICSID Proceedings

On 23 April 2014, the Tanzanian High Court ordered both parties in on-going ICSID arbitration proceedings, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (SCB HK) and the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco), to refrain from "enforcing, complying with or operationalising" a… Read more

Dispute Resolution in Africa – The Philosophy of Risk

Herbert Smith Freehills Partners Stéphane Brabant, John Ogilvie and Paula Hodges have published an article in the October issue of PLC Magazine entitled "Dispute Resolution in Africa - The Philosophy of Risk". The article examines the options for resolving disputes… Read more

Arbitration in Africa: Recent developments

The Court of Appeal of the Lagos Judicial Division recently issued a pro-arbitration decision holding that courts may only intervene in arbitral proceedings where specifically permitted by Nigeria's arbitration law and set aside an injunction obtained ex parte by Nigeria's… Read more

ICJ settles boundary dispute between Burkina Faso and Niger

On 16 April 2013, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice (the "ICJ"), issued a judgment determining the course of the frontier between Burkina Faso and Niger. This decision has settled a decades-old dispute… Read more