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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, and that the earlybird price of £720 + VAT will be in place until 31st January 2018.

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.

Confirmed Speakers

Craig leads HSF’s International Arbitration Group in London. He also has extensive experience in litigation, expert determination and mediation with a particular focus on disputes in the energy, leisure, construction, engineering and telecommunications industries. His practice comprises multi-jurisdictional work subject to a wide range of governing laws.

Craig has acted in arbitrations as counsel, advocate and arbitrator in ad hoc proceedings and before all of the major arbitral institutions, including, in particular the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He has also acted in complex litigation cases before the English High Court (including the Queen’s Bench, the Commercial Court, and the Technology and Construction Court) and the Court of Appeal.

Reza is an experienced partner in the international arbitration practice. He has represented clients as counsel and advocate in more than 70 arbitrations, conducted under a variety of arbitration rules in many different jurisdictions. After 15 years working in Paris, New York and, most recently, Dubai, where he established the firm’s global arbitration practice in the Middle East, Reza is now based in London.

Reza handles disputes in emerging markets with a focus on the energy, infrastructure and telecommunications sectors. He has particular expertise in investment treaty arbitrations and has represented both investors and governments in such disputes.

Peter Cameron joined CEPMLP in 1997 as Professor of International Energy Law and Policy, after 11 years at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, where he was Director of the Internationaal Institut voor Energierecht. In 2002 he became Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre in the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he organised a series of annual EU energy law seminars for 6 years. In August 2015 Peter became Director of CEPMLP within the new School of Social Sciences at the University. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Universities of Madrid (Autonoma), MGIMO (Moscow) and Singapore (NUS).

Peter has concentrated primarily on oil and gas law in his career as an energy specialist. He has always remained close to the world of legal practice, being a long-time member of the International Bar Association and the AIPN. He is a barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple), and has regularly been asked by governments and investors to testify in arbitral proceedings as an expert witness.

Andrew specialises in international arbitration and public international law. He has extensive experience of advising states, state-owned entities and major companies on all aspects of public international law. He has acted in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations across multiple jurisdictions and under a range of governing laws. He has also acted in high profile litigation cases before a range of international and domestic judicial bodies, including the European Court of Justice and General Court, the UK Supreme Court, House of Lords and Court of Appeal.

Andrew previously worked as a legal adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and represented the UK at the UN in New York and the EU in Brussels, as well as in other international institutions. He has extensive experience of negotiating and advising on bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international instruments.

Dr Rukia Baruti is the founder and Managing Director of AILA.  She specialises in international investment law, with a particular focus on Africa.  She also sits as arbitrator in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules. Rukia was listed in The Lawyer magazine’s ‘Hot 100’, in recognition of her pro-bono work for Africa.

She holds a PhD (Hons) from the University of Geneva, a first class LLB (Hons) degree from the University of London, an MA in Diplomatic Studies and a Graduate Diploma in International Studies with an emphasis on public international law and international relations.  Prior to founding AILA, she practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London where she was involved in the arbitration and litigation of commercial, a majority of which were international in nature.

Sarah is the Secretariat’s lead on energy efficiency. She is responsible for development of context-specific strategies and recommendations for countries seeking to improve energy efficiency and monitoring of countries’ progress in implementing provisions of the Energy Charter’s Protocol on Energy Efficiency & Related Environmental Effects (PEEREA), as well as undertaking in-depth energy efficiency reviews of member countries of the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT – i.e. multilateral legally binding instrument for investment, trade, transit in the energy sector).

Sarah has advised and written on a wide range of topics relating to the power sector, most recently on connecting electric vehicles to the grid, capacity (capabilities) markets, and the proper functioning of the internal energy market, demand response, carbon capture and storage, and the macroeconomic effects of recycling European Union Emissions Trading Scheme auction revenues into energy efficiency programs. She also conducts interdisciplinary research, analysis, and policy development. Her wide range of knowledge benefits from insights gleaned in previous roles as a researcher with the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, with OXERA economic consultants, and as a policy officer for Her Majesty’s Treasury (UK).

Ana founded E&A Law in 2007 following 12 years of working in government and major legal firms. Based in London since 1998, she has always operated internationally and is multilingual. She specialises in providing tailored advice and legal representation services to states, international institutions and energy companies in the fields of Energy, Dispute Resolution and EU and International Law.

In the field of energy she advises on high-level strategic questions, with experience in fields such as maritime border disputes, oil and gas resources straddling boundaries, concession agreements to construct large energy infrastructure projects, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and host-government agreements to build pipelines. She is reputed for her expertise in dealing with state-to-state matters, an area of strong growth for the firm in 2014. She has extensive experience in negotiating international agreements on behalf of states as well as with law and regulation drafting.

Dr Emilia Onyema is a senior lecturer in International Commercial Law, and Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, at SOAS, University of London; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Committee Member of the London branch; and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching and research covers international sales law, law and development in Africa and international commercial arbitration.

Emilia was formerly a Research Fellow at the School of International Arbitration, Queen Mary University of London, and the Alternate Tribunal Secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal in London. She is qualified to practice law in Nigeria and is (np) solicitor in England & Wales. She holds a PhD in international commercial arbitration and is widely published in this area. She is the author of the Chartered Institute’s workbook on Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration and International Commercial Arbitration and the Arbitrator’s Contract.

Iain has a particular expertise in investment arbitration. He acts in international cases across all major industry sectors.  He also advises on a broad range of public international law issues, including sovereign immunity, sanctions, and boundary issues. Iain has also acted in complex litigation cases before the English High Court.

Iain has worked out of HSF’s London and Singapore offices on cases administered by all the major arbitration institutions including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).


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. As with the first two events, the conference will be covered by key regional print, online and TV media outlets.

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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