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Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa
  • Perry S. Bechky
The Dispute Resolution Interest Group and the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law co-sponsored a daylong conference on March 11 on “The Future of International Arbitration in Africa.”  The conference was also co-sponsored by Penn State and Greenberg Traurig, and it was hosted by the Washington office of Greenberg Traurig.  Video of the conference is available at  

The conference included a panel discussion about Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa. I moderated the panel, made introductory remarks about "Investor-State Arbitration in Sub-Saharan Africa" (starting at 0:00:01), and spoke about "Transnational Governance: The Zimbabwe Farm Cases" (starting at 1:07:20). The panel also included remarks by Deborah Brautigam about Chinese investment in Africa, Uché Ewelukwa about arbitration of disputes concerning Chinese investment in Africa, and Alexandra Meise about political trends concerning investment arbitration in Africa. Video of the panel is available at:

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Videos are also available for the three other panel discussions and the keynote address by Edward W. Fasholé-Luke II, an international arbitrator from Botswana, who provided an overview of international arbitration from the perspective of an Africa-based arbitrator. The conference also featured panel discussions on:

The Legacy of the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission
The Institutions and Practice of International Commercial Arbitration in Africa
Structural Challenges for Dispute Resolution in Africa: Culture, Diversity, and Development

In addition to Luke, the list of speakers, panelists, and moderators included:

Amaka Megwalu Anku, Dilikam Advisors, LLC
David A. Baron, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Perry Bechky, International Trade & Investment Law PLLC; Co-Chair ASIL Dispute Resolution Interest Group
Deborah Brautigam, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies
John Crook, George Washington University Law School
Joseph M. DeThomas, Penn State School of International Affairs
Amina Dzano, Penn State International Law Group
Uché Ewelukwa, University of Arkansas School of Law
Chiara Giorgetti, University of Richmond School of Law
Aurélie Huet, Huet Law International
Jude Kearney, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Jackson Kern, Addis Law Group
Won Kidane, Seattle University Law School; Addis Law Group
Alexandra A.K. Meise, Foley Hoag LLP
Sean D. Murphy, George Washington University Law School; UN International Law Commission
Kenneth K. Mwenda, American University Washington College of Law
Reta Alemu Nega, Ethiopian Embassy
Tolu Obamuroh, Lagos Court of Arbitration; Penn State Law S.J.D. Candidate
Catherine Rogers, Penn State Law
Thomas R. Snider, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Leyou Tameru, I-Arb Africa
Curtis B. Toll, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Penn State Law Board of Advisers
  • ICSID,
  • International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes,
  • ISDS,
  • investor-state arbitration,
  • investment treaty arbitration,
  • bilateral investment treaty,
  • BIT,
  • foreign investment,
  • Africa
Publication Date
March 11, 2016
Citation Information
Perry S. Bechky. "Foreign Investment and Investment Arbitration in Africa" (2016)
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