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Now in its third year, the conference in 2018 will focus on a broad range of technical, economic and diplomatic factors that affect Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa. The conference will again examine the impact of oil price variations and regional security issues across the continent.

The conference will take place on 6th-7th March 2018. We are delighted to hold the conference in association with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, who will be hosting the event at Exchange House, Primrose St, London EC2A 2EG. We can confirm that registration is now open.

The conference brings together policy makers and government representatives, national and international energy companies, major stakeholders, arbitration institutions, energy organisations, practitioners and academics. It will represent a chance for practitioners and other industry experts to engage in an elevated examination about the regional practice of Dispute Resolution in the Energy Industry.

The keynote address will be delivered by Funke Adekoya (Vice President – International Council for Commercial Arbitration). For the first time, the conference will feature an Oxford-style debate on the question “This House believes that Investment Arbitration is Finished”. The Conference Director is Brandon Malone (Co-Director – International Centre for Energy Arbitration).

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Topics will include

  • Energy poverty in energy rich countries: causes, energy security strategies, renewable energy sources and micro-generation.
  • Regional focus on East Africa: Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Arbitration and peace: dispute resolution in destabilised jurisdictions.
  • The Impact of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative on the Middle East and Africa: relations with South Asian countries, energy infrastructure and diplomatic aspects.


Tuesday 6 March 2018 (Day 1)

Day 1

Session Topic


9.30 to 10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00 to 10.15 Welcome and Introduction Brandon Malone, International Centre for Energy Arbitration
10.15 to 10.45 Keynote Is international arbitration truly international – the place of diversity Funke Adekoya, Aelex/ICCA
10.45 to 11.15  


Middle Eastern and African Upstream Winners and Losers Dr Stuart Amor, FTI
11.15 to 11.30 Break
11.30 to 12.45 Panel Session 1


Focus of African Arbitration

Session Chair Bukola Faturoti, Robert Gordon University
Tanzania: is off-shore arbitration prohibited? Iain Maxwell, Herbert Smith Freehills
Arbitration against African States and State Immunity: Tips for Successful Enforcement and Recovery Momoh Kadiri, Mitchell Simmonds
Arbitration under the OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference) Investment Agreement Solomon Ebere, Omnia Strategy
12.45 to 2 Lunch break
1.45 to 2.05 Arbitration in Bahrain Dr. AbdelGadir Warsama Ghalib, Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution
2.05 to 3.15


Session 2

The Impact of One Belt One Road on energy disputes in MEA

Session Chair Ana Stanic, E&A Law
Ratione personae objections facing Chinese investors bringing claims at ICSID Reza Mohtashami QC, Freshfields
The role of ICSID in investment disputes involving Chinese Investors: Are there better alternatives? Flavio Inocencio, Coventry University


3.15 to 3.45 Break
3.45 to 5 Session 3


Energy poverty in energy rich countries: a driver of disputes?

 Session Chair Dr Emilia Onyema, SOAS University of London
Sarah Keay-Bright, Energy Charter Treaty
Victoria Nalule, CEPMLP – University of Dundee


Wednesday 7 March 2018 (Day 2)

Day 2

Session Topic


9.30 to 9.55 Registration and coffee
9.55 to 10.00 Welcome and introduction to Day 2 Brandon Malone, International Centre for Energy Arbitration
10.00 to 11.15 Oxford Union Style debate: This House believes that Investment Arbitration is Finished Chair: Professor Loukas Mistelis, Queen Mary University of London
Speaker 1 & 2: in favour of litigation, appeals, and investment courts For the motion:

Richard Power, Clyde and Co and Aidan O’Neill QC, Matrix Chambers

Defending the present system of investment arbitration system Against the motion:

Andrew Cannon, Herbert Smith Freehills and Peter Cameron, CEPMLP – University of Dundee

11.15 to 11.45 Break
11.45 to 12.15 Saudi Aramco – What does flotation mean for the sector? Professor Malik Dahlan, Queen Mary University of London
12.15 to 12.45 Energy Arbitration and Corruption Rashda Rana SC
12.45 to 2 Lunch
2 to 3.15 Session 2


Arbitration and peace: dispute resolution in destabilised jurisdictions

Session Chair Ania Farren, Berwin Leighton Paisner
Proving claims in times of conflict: state responsibility and challenges of evidence Craig Tevendale, Herbert Smith Freehills
John Gilbert, Bracewell LLP
Gillian Carmichael Lemaire
3.15 to 3.45 Break
3.45 to 5 Session 3


Middle East Energy Arbitration: Live issues

Session Chair  


Arbitration in Qatar Gordon Nardell QC, 20 Essex Street


Duncan Bagshaw, Stephenson Harwood


5 to 5.05 Conference Close and thanks Brandon Malone, International Centre for Energy Arbitration

Sponsorship Opportunities

LCILP’s 3rd Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and Africa represents an excellent opportunity for a range of sponsors and partners to showcase their brand and products. Attending will be a diverse audience from a range of industries with an interest in Energy Disputes in the Middle East and Africa including government representatives, legal practitioners and key figures from the private sector.

There are a limited number of packages and exhibition spaces available so please enquire below as soon as possible to be sent the full range of packages and to secure your sponsorship.

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