Event: Africa Arbitration Academy

Event date: 10 June 2024, 9:00 - 17:00 (BST - British Summer Time)
Marlborough House

The Commonwealth Secretariat will host the opening day of the Africa Arbitration Academy at its headquarters in London on 10 June 2024.


Marlborough House, London 


Organised by law firm Stephenson Harwood, the academy is a three-week advanced training programme. It aims to equip young practitioners from Africa with the skills needed to succeed in the international arbitration sector.

Thirty participants from 13 African countries, including 10 Commonwealth members, will learn about the latest trends in commercial and investment treaty arbitration while exploring ways to resolve such disputes in their daily work.

During the opening session, participants will hear from attorney generals and experts about the significance and practice of international arbitration in resolving cross-border disputes.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the programme, which has trained dozens of arbitrators through a mix of lectures, mock sessions, and interviews.

Opening day speakers include

  • Hon Mohamed Lamin Tarawalley, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Sierra Leone
  • Hon Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, Attorney General, Malawi.  
  • Prof Luis Franceschi, Assistant Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
  • Kamal Shah, Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLC
  • Jide Adesokan, Partner at Stephenson Harwood LLC

To attend 

This event is by invitation only. For further information, please contact [email protected].

Media contact

  • Snober Abbasi, Senior Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

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