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7th East Africa International Arbitration Conference

The EAIAC Committee, in partnership with GBS Africa, I-ARB Africa and W&Co|Law+Policy, are delighted to bring to Kenya the 7th Edition of the East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC).

This year’s theme is ‘Government Contracting and Investment Disputes: Lessons for States and Investors‘. The conference will explore the full spectrum of government contracting from procurement and PPPs (public private partnerships), tender disputes, dispute mitigation in government contracts, investment arbitration and arbitrating with governments in African centres.

Kenya is a fitting venue for EAIAC 2019. The country has experienced a surge in government contracting over the recent past, boosted by its long-term development blue-print, Vision 2030 and its mid-term (five year) development plan,  the Big Four Agenda. In 2018, the Kenya government successfully defended 2 high profile investment arbitrations: an ICC arbitration relating to the power sector; and an ICSID arbitration in the mining sector.

Across the borders, various African countries have in place blueprints to be mid-level economies by the first half of this century. There is focus across the continent on investment in renewable energy, sustainable development, agriculture, healthcare, and education. How can governments and investors better contract? Disputes are expensive, even for the winner –can they be mitigated? Can damages be better assessed and recovered? Do African international arbitration centres and practitioners have a place in investment arbitration? We will answer these questions at EAIAC 2019. History & Vision of EAIAC.

East Africa International Arbitration Conference 2018 41-min

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Be part of the International Arbitration Network and interact with peers at the 7th EAIAC Event.

Delegate Registration

  • Access to all conference sessions & presentations.
  • Includes tea/coffee breaks & lunches.
  • Certificate of Participation.
  • Invitation to the Awards Gala Dinner
  • Fee DOES NOT include travel & Accommodation

Exhibition Fee

  • Display area of 2m x 1m with table, 2 chairs.
  • Two complimentary delegate registration.
  • Company profile published in conference program.
  • Company URL & logo on event website.
  • Invitation for 2 to the Awards Gala Dinner.


  • Public Procurement, Private Public Partnerships (PPPs) and development.
  • Dispute resolution options in government contracting (including tender disputes).
  • Dispute mitigation strategies in government contracts (issues like liquidated damages, contract management, guarantees).
  • East Africa investment treaties.
  • Curbing impropriety in investments and in arbitration ( investor wrong-doing and fraud and corruption in arbitration).
  • Diversity in investment arbitration – Myth or reality?
  • Damages and investment arbitration costs.
  • Investment arbitration in African centres.
  • Fireside Chat: In beautiful hindsight conversation with Arbitration Users.
  • Enhancing Capacity – Masterclass on Disputes and Clauses for commercial and in-house lawyers.
  • Leadership in Arbitration – Preparing the next generation of Africa’s Arbitrators.

EAIAC’s guiding principles are capacity building, networking and collaboration. EAIAC Nairobi 2019 will build on the success of the previous conferences held in Addis Ababa (2013), Nairobi (2014), Dar es Salaam (2015), Kampala (2016), Kigali (2017) and Addis Ababa (2018).

EAIAC has attracted hundreds of delegates drawn from key sectors of the region’s economy. Delegates have included private investors, government departments, legal practitioners, judiciaries and arbitration professionals. Expert speakers have included Attorney Generals, Government Ministers, and arbitration professionals (both regional and international).

EAIAC has been endorsed by national and regional law societies, private sector alliances, government bodies, regional intergovernmental bodies and arbitration institutions.

  • Legal Practitioners
  • Arbitrators
  • Magistrates
  • International Investors
  • Academicians
  • In-house Counsel
  • Government Representatives



Through your feedback and consultation with the stakeholders, the programme committee makes all efforts to develop the most appropriate and relevant agenda for EAIAC each year.

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The conference will provide a good marketing and networking platform for the sponsors and strategic partners, who will reach delegates from Africa and beyond. Each sponsor and partner will have a tailor-made profile in the EAIAC website and in the event branding material, depending on the tiers of sponsorship. Sponsors and partners will be represented by speakers who will share their expertise.

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We share with you images from EAIAC 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

  • 3900 +

    delegates since 2013

  • 65 +

    Countries represented since 2013

  • 320 +

    Speakers since 2013

2018 Delegates Feedback

We share with you randomly selected feedback from participants at the EAIAC 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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