A legal tool to foster economic growth in Africa

OHADA Event / New York / Thursday May 14, 2015 at 6pm / International arbitration in Africa / The OHADA model.

programme-tnThe Foundation for a Unified business Law in Africa (“FUBLA”) and its partners: International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) and Winston and Straw LLP, are delighted to invite you to a conference on OHADA arbitration, which will take place in New York, next Thursday, May 14, 2015. The distinguished panelists will talk about International arbitration in Africa: The OHADA Model.
Africa is a tremendous growth area for international business and arbitration. According to the IMF, four of the six fastest growing economies in the world in 2014 are in Sub­Saharan Africa. Foreign direct investment has increased dramatically, from US$11 billion in 2002 to over US$ 56.3 billion in 2013. Africa’s plentiful natural resources, agriculture, and services are driving growth.

Doing business in Africa means understanding the OHADA Model. OHADA is the French acronym for the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (l’Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires). The OHADA Treaty, signed on 17 October 1993 in Port Louis, Mauritius, provides for a harmonised system of business laws and implementing institutions adopted by 17 West and Central African nations.

The OHADA States adopted a Uniform Act on Arbitration (the Uniform Act) on 11 March 1999. The Uniform Act adopts some of the features of the UNCITRAL Model Law and supersedes the national laws on arbitration of the OHADA Member States. It sets out the basic rules applicable to any arbitration seated in an OHADA Member State.

This event will tell you what you need to know about the OHADA system and the practicalities of arbitration in Africa, by means of comparison with other significant arbitration rules, such as the ICC and the LCIA arbitration rules.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


6:00 – 7:00 P.M. EDT


7:00 – 8:00 P.M. EDT


Winston & Strawn 200 Park Avenue New York, NY 10166 45th Floor (45C)


Approved for 1 professional practice CLE credit in New York.


Space is limited. Please RSVP directly to Amanda Krovic, Email:

Introductory Speaker

Dina Mayifuila Nady, President and Founder of the Foundation for a Unified Business Law in Africa (“FUBLA”)


Aldo A. Badini, Partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP


  • Benoit LeBars, Co­Founder and Managing Partner of Lazareff Le Bars
  • Sophie Nappert, Arbitrator
  • Marek Krasula, Deputy Counsel of the International Chamber of Commerce (“ICC”) International Court of Arbitration SICANA Inc.

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