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2024 CPR Africa Arbitration Day - New York (AAD-NY)

2024 CPR Africa Arbitration Day - New York (AAD-NY)

Friday, November 1, 2024
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EDT)

Event Details

2024 CPR Africa Arbitration Day – New York (AAD-NY) 

Date: November 1, 2024

Venue: White & Case LLP, 1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Format: AAD-NY 2024 will primarily be in-person, streamed live, and posted on the CPR website after the event.

Program: AAD-NY 2024 will include an arbitration moot for students, two substantive panels (CLE pending), a coffee break, and a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres.

CLE: We expect to offer CLE (continuing legal education credits) for the two panel discussions.  

Registration: Registration is open to the public; discounted rate for CPR members. Advance registration is required. 

Organized by the 2024 AAD-NY Steering Committee.*

About AAD-NY

CPR held the inaugural AAD-NY on December 8, 2023 at the New York City Bar Association.  It was such a resounding success that we decided to make it into an annual event. (CPR Members can click here to view the recordings of the 2023 AAD-NY event.)

The purpose of AAD-NY is to: (i) highlight important issues in international arbitration pertinent to the Africa region (ii) foster greater community among international arbitration practitioners in North America and Africa; and (iii) help develop the next generation of Africa-related arbitration practitioners.   

AAD-NY 2024 will include an arbitration moot for students, two substantive panels, and a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres.

Program Agenda

*See below for AAD-NY Arbitration Moot deadline and agenda (for selected participants only) 

1:00pm –

General Registration

1:30pm –

Welcoming Remarks by CPR and White & Case

1:40pm –

Opening Remarks by Nawi Ukabiala (Debevoise & Plimpton)

1:55pm –

Presentation of Arbitration Moot Awards by Prince-Alex Iwu (Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP)

2:00pm –

Panel 1: Unpacking the SOAS Arbitration in Africa Survey Reports

The SOAS Arbitration in Africa Survey Reports have offered invaluable insight into the state of arbitration in Africa since the first Report was published in 2018.   This panel will explore how the conclusions in those Reports continue to inform our understanding of the state of arbitration in Africa today and how the 2024 Report may deepen that understanding.

3:15pm –

Coffee Break

3:30pm –

Panel 2: Arbitrating Natural Resources Disputes in Africa

Disputes are inevitable as Africa’s natural resources continue to attract foreign investments.  Arbitration is expected to play a vital role in resolving those disputes.  This panel will discuss the role of arbitration in revolving natural resources disputes in Africa and the impact that African states’ reforms of their laws related to natural resources could have on the future of foreign investment in Africa. 

4:45pm –

Closing Remarks by Nawi Ukabiala

4:45pm –

Cocktail Reception with Hors D'oeuvres

CLE Credit
CLE credits are pending verification but we anticipate this program will offer 3 credits NY CLE* in the category of Professional Practice.

Registration is now open!
Registration is required and is open to the public. Please use the "Register Now" button above. 

Thanks to our sponsors of this event, CPR is pleased to offer this comprehensive program (which includes two substantive panels bearing CLE credits plus a cocktail / networking reception) for:
 $30 (non-members)
 $20 (CPR members) 

CPR Financial Aid Policy
CPR is a non-profit organization.  Under financial hardship guidelines, at its discretion, CPR may waive the fee for attorneys who demonstrate that they are not currently employed (not retirees). CPR may also provide a special discounted price to attorneys, full time judges and administrative law judges practicing in the nonprofit and public sectors full time. Please contact Knar Nahikian at to request financial assistance with this program.

*Students and Professors may also receive discounted registration for this program and are instructed to contact Knar Nahikian at

2024 AAD-NY Arbitration Moot Competition



CPR's Africa Arbitration Day – New York Steering Committee invites law students to participate in the program’s arbitration moot competition.

Awards will be presented for Best Oralist and Best Written Submission. 

Please review the Call for Applications - Instructions below for further information and apply by September 20, 2024!

Call for Applications - Instructions

AAD-NY Arbitration Moot Agenda
(for selected participants only)

10:00am –

Registration for Invited Arbitration Moot Participants

10:30am –

AAD-NY Arbitration Moot for Invited Moot Participants

1:00pm –

Lunch for Invited Moot Participants

1:30pm -

Moot Participants invited to attend the 2024 AAD-NY event

For More Information:

Knar Nahikian
Knar Nahikian
Director, International Initiatives CPR Institute

Host Sponsor

Host Sponsor:

Supporting Organizations

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Your generous sponsorship demonstrates your organization’s commitment to CPR's mission and to promoting use of dispute resolution on the African continent. In addition to supporting the general costs of organizing this event, sponsorships will also be used to support the AAD-NY Scholarship Fund for eligible students with demonstrated financial needs who might not otherwise be able to participate in the AAD-NY Arbitration Moot.

We ask you to join us in supporting this important program by signing on as an AAD-NY Sponsor:

View the 2024 AAD-NY Sponsorship Options and contact Knar Nahikian to process your sponsorship today!

Organizations who wish to provide non-financial support for this initiative may sign on as a Supporting Organization. Please contact Knar Nahikian to learn more about how to become a Supporting Organization of the 2024 CPR AAD-NY.



Nawi Ukabiala (Debevoise & Plimpton, New York)


Alice Adu Gyamfi (DLA Piper LLP, New York)

Knar Nahikian (CPR Institute, New York)

Mohannad A. El Murtadi Suleiman (Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, New York)

Prince-Alex Iwu (Diaz, Reus & Targ LLP, Miami)

Tiwalade Aderoju (Olympus Solicitors and Advocates, Lagos, Nigeria)