TUES, 09 - THURS, 11 APRIL 2024



Showcasing Arbitration in Africa

JAW is hosted by the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (rated by SOAS as Africa’s top arbitration centre) and co-hosted by leading solicitor firms, bars and other stakeholders who are all founding members of AFSA.


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JAW unpacks issues and challenges
in the fast-changing world

JAW unpacks the issues and challenges in the fast-changing world of international commercial arbitration. JAW also pays particular attention to the key initiatives which are shaping and transforming dispute resolution in Africa. These include:

Activating the AFSA Alliance which brings together the Law Societies of the 16 States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in order to harmonise and standardise arbitration practice under the AFSA International banner – an initiative described as a potential game changer for arbitration in Southern Africa.

Linking the leading arbitration centres of Africa so as to generate a shared jurisprudence and code of practice.

Adopting the distinctive CAJAC model for resolving trade and commercial disputes along the African Belt and Road and in the formation of a BRICS arbitral mechanism.

Johannesburg Arbitration Week:
Showcasing Arbitration in Africa.

The JAW venue is the Sandton Convention Centre, a world class facility in the Sandton commercial node.

JAW is a 3-day event involving plenary and breakaway sessions led by speakers and panels of international eminence. It includes exciting side-events, in which participants can socialise, network and sample the best of the South African wines.

Join the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and our co-hosts who are all founding members of AFSA comprising leading solicitor firms, bars and other stakeholders, in unpacking the issues and challenges in the fast-paced world of international commercial arbitration at the Johannesburg Arbitration Week (JAW).

TUES, 09 - THURS, 11 APRIL 2024





Supporting Organisations

Sponsor for maximum exposure - contact us now!

JAW offers attractive sponsorship opportunities to companies who wish to show their interest in dispute resolution in Africa. Sponsors will receive maximum exposure before, during, and after the conference driven by an extensive marketing and media campaign profiling sponsors, co-hosts, speakers, and delegates as well as a post event report.

Companies are given the opportunity to participate in the Johannesburg Arbitration Week (JAW) as a sponsor with three optional levels of sponsorship, platinum, gold, and silver as well as the opportunity to sponsor specific conference elements.

General enquiries

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+27 11 320 0533

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AFSA is a multi-faceted dispute resolution centre with its headquarters in Sandton and branches in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, Limpopo, the Garden Route and the Eastern Cape.

Its domestic division administers 300 – 400 business disputes each year and some 30 international matters are processed annually by the AFSA International Division under the light touch administration of its Secretary-General working under the direction of the AFSA International Court.

The AFSA SADC Division in partnership with the SADC Lawyers Association is tasked to standardise and harmonise arbitration practice in SADC a ground-breaking initiative for the region.

AFSA provides comprehensive training in dispute resolution in partnership with the University of Pretoria.

AFSA is a founding member of CAJAC (the China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre) and represents South Africa in the creation of a BRICS arbitral mechanism.

AFSA is a non-profit and self-funding institution numbering the leading attorney and accounting firms, bars and other stakeholders amongst its founding members.

39 Essex Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in London, Manchester, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. We offer a depth of expertise in a variety of specialist legal sectors and practice areas.

Chambers’ alternative dispute resolution (ADR) team has extensive experience in all forms of ADR, including arbitration, adjudication, dispute resolution boards, expert determination, early neutral evaluations and mediation. Our barristers’ aim is to understand each client’s commercial objectives and help them achieve those objectives in a strategic, economical and expeditious manner. Our clients span a range of industries, including energy and engineering, mining, infrastructure construction and shipbuilding to manufacturing, international trade, hotel operators, aviation and finance. They appear in arbitrations conducted in all arbitral seats, including London, Paris, Singapore, Dubai, Stockholm, Geneva and Zurich.

With over 400 lawyers, Bowmans delivers in­tegrated legal services throughout Africa from seven offices in five jurisdictions. We provide practical advice to an international client base at every stage of the arbitration process, from drafting appropriate arbitration clauses, to con­ducting pre-arbitral negotiations and arbitral proceedings and, ultimately, to enforcing arbitral awards.

We have developed expertise across various business sectors and have experience in arbitrating under the rules of all major arbi­tral institutions. Our experience ranges from in­vestment protection arbitrations, to arbitrations concerning joint ventures and commercial dis­putes. We also regularly conduct ad hoc arbi­trations under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Our membership of, and active participation in, regional arbitration associations (such as the China Africa Joint Arbitration Centre; Kenya’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Dispute Resolution Centre; the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa; and the Association for Inter­national Arbitration in Uganda) aids our ability to find innovative ways to settle disputes.

The China-Africa Joint Arbitration Centre (CAJAC) was created to resolve disputes arising in the course of trade and investment between Chinese and African business entities.  The need for such an institution was identified by the inter-governmental Forum On China-Africa Co-Operation (FOCAC) and CAJAC was created to address that need.

CAJAC is a unique partnership.  Each of the six partners provides a shared service utilising the same specially crafted rules, panels and procedures enabling disputants to select any of its centres to administer the resolution of a particular dispute.

The CAJAC partners are the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SHIAC), the Beijing International Arbitration Centre (BIAC), the Shenzen International Court of Arbitration Centre (SCIA), OHADA, the Nairobi International Arbitration Centre (NIAC) and AFSA.  CAJAC centres are now located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cameroon, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen.

The CAJAC Constitution provides for a Guiding Committee to lead partnership activity.  The chairmanship of the Guiding Committee rotates annually and AFSA holds the chairmanship for the current year.

At CDH, we are at the forefront of the issues that shape the future of Africa. As a full service law firm, we provide comprehensive expert legal support to clients across the continent. Whether they are based in Africa or seeking to do business here, our authentic, knowledge-based services and resources empower them to navigate the complexities of the legal landscape.

The world is changing rapidly, and so are the challenges and opportunities for dispute resolution in Africa. As a continent with immense potential and diversity, Africa faces complex and evolving legal issues that require expert guidance and support.

Join us during Johannesburg Arbitration Week for our two sessions on:

  • BRICS and Africa: The new global order
  • The evolving legal environment for African disputes

Don’t miss these opportunities to engage in robust discussions and debates on the pertinent issues affecting the day-to-day business of companies operating in Africa.

Let’s shape the future together!

Herbert Smith Freehills is one of the world’s leading international law firms. Our premium Africa dispute resolution practice is serviced by lawyers across our global network, in particular by our teams in Johannesburg, Paris, London and beyond.

We have the capability and platform to assist clients on all types of dispute or contentious matter in Africa including international commercial and investor-state arbitration, as well as to provide specialist risk management expertise.

Our dispute resolution experience in Africa includes advising and representing parties to large, complex and high-value arbitrations across a range of industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure and telecommunications. We also spend a significant amount of time behind the scenes advising clients on how to minimise their exposure to contentious risk.

The combination of our full-service multi-industry expertise, deep Africa experience and know-how ensures we can provide a real value-added service to our clients in Africa whatever the challenge or opportunity.

KPMG Forensic has 42 Forensic professionals locally. Our global network reaches 3,500 multidisciplinary professionals in over 100 countries.

Enhanced by technology and infused with real-world insight, KPMG Forensic professionals transform how clients identify, mitigate, and respond to fraud and fraud risk.

We advise on mitigating vulnerabilities to fraud, corruption, and financial crime, and assist in the prevention, detection, and response to fraud, corruption, and financial and organised crime.

We investigate to determine the facts of such, many on foot of complex multi-faceted, and multi-partied projects. Not only by helping parties discover the facts of fraud, corruption, and organised crime but also by assessing and mitigating the vulnerabilities of such activities.

We aid in resolving disputes related to financial matters by investigating the dispute, assessing damages, articulating accounting, audit, financial, and resolution concepts, and providing expertise in conflict resolution.

Our work is grounded in the interest of society.

For more information about KPMG, visit our website at www.kpmg.co.za