Registration has opened for the International Bar Association conference on Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Africa coming up in Accra, Ghana on the 15-16 November 2018.

According to Anthony Atata, the Vice Chair of the IBA-African regional forum,the conference is organised by the IBA African Regional Forum and the IBA Litigation Committee.

The conference will be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra.

To register, click here or visit

Conference Programme

Day 1 , Thursday November 15, 2018


08:00 – 09:00    –  Registration

09:10 – 09:20     –   Welcome Address and Keynote Address

09:20 – 09:30     –  Introduction to the IBA and IBA Litigation Committee


09:30 – 10:30      –  The Changing Law Firm Model and Litigation

The session will discuss whether traditional litigation practice model in Africa based on the individual litigator, the “chambers” system and solo practice will survive the evolving trend of globalization and growth of specialized practice

10:30 – 11:00        – Coffee/Tea Break


11:00 – 12:30        –  OHADA, Foreign Dispute Resolution Centres and Africa

Has the advent of OHADA in francophone Africa enhanced the resolution of business disputes?  What are the matters arising and lessons learnt?  Is Africa losing out to foreign dispute resolution centres as a result of the delays in the resolution of business disputes?


12:30 – 13:00       –  The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation: Should it be implemented in Africa now or in the distant future?

13:00 – 14:00       –   Lunch

Topical Issues


14:00 – 15:30       –  Procedures and the rules of court in a digital world: what is new and what should African lawyers be doing

15:30 – 16:00       –   Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30       –   The Judgment Project – Lessons in overcoming the challenges of enforcement of judgments and awards in Africa

17:30                    –     Closing

19.00                   –    Opening Party

Conference Programme

Day 2 , Friday November 16, 2018


08:30 – 09:30       –     Plenary

The impact of technology and artificial intelligence – how it is impacting on the law and litigation: Is Africa lagging behind and will it replace the litigation or enhance the litigator’s role?

10:30 – 11:00       –    Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30       –     Breakout Session

Session 1            –     Prosecuting corrupt officials and chasing stolen cash: Asset tracing strategies and the case of Western Finance Institutions and Investment Havens

Session 2          –     Is judicial corruption and incompetence under mining confidence in the Judiciary in Africa?

12:30 – 13:00       –     Intellectual Property and technology related litigation – what is required?  Presentation followed by Q&A

13:00 – 14:00       –      Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30       –       Specialized interest litigation Sessions

Litigating construction contracts: basic flaws, lessons and matters arising

Lecture / Panel

Human rights and public interest litigation

Public interest is critical to the survival of any society but is the lack of the courts and funding sources driving lawyers away from public interest litigation?  What can be done to generate interest?

Oil and Gas

15:30 – 16:00       –    Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30       –    Plenary – Panel

Preparing for the future: Will the rise of written advocacy in the arbitration fora kill oral advocacy?

Training the future advocate: Are African law regulators and law schools adopting the right approach to training and preparing African litigation practitioners for the digital age?

17:30                 –         Closing

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