The International Bar Association African Regional Forum will hold its biennial conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa from 1st to 3rd of April 2020.
Theme: Future-proofing the African legal profession: meeting the opportunities and challenges arising from innovation, technological disruption and integration
Venue: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
See fee schedule [Early bird registration closes March 25]
- African regional and continental integration in a post-Brexit and post-North American Free Trade Agreement world: free trade or protectionism?
- Disruptive innovation and the role of lawyers in Africa
- From M-Pesa to crowdfunding: opportunities and challenges for regulating new players in the African financial services sector
- Roundtable discussion: what do 21st century clients expect from external counsel?
- The art of risk management and data privacy regulations: local versus exterritorial laws
- The domestic future of international criminal law
- Training the future lawyer: are current frameworks fit for 21st century purposes?
- What will remain unchanged in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution?
Conference Co-Chairs Anthony Atata Hallblack Law Firm, Lagos; Co-Chair, IBA African Regional Forum Pieter Steyn Werksmans Attorneys & LexAfrica, Johannesburg; Co-Chair, IBA African Regional Forum Wednesday 1 April Conference welcome reception sponsor
Babatunde Ademola Ajibade SAN SPA Ajibade & Co, Lagos; Vice Chair, IBA African Regional Forum Oyeyemi Aderibigbe Templars, Lagos Anthony Atata Hallblack Law Firm, Lagos; Co-Chair, IBA African Regional Forum Linda Chishimba Kasonde Mulenga Mundashi Kasonde Legal Practitioners, Lusaka; Vice Chair, IBA African Regional Forum Nankunda Katangaza Hook Tangaza, London Yvonne Kose Chilume Independent practitioner, Gaborone Kimathi Kuenyehia Kimathi & Partners Corporate Attorneys, Accra; Member, IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee Advisory Board Manyawkal Mekonnen Ethiopian Lawyers Association, Addis Ababa Caliis Nii Oman Badoo Securities & Exchange Commission, Accra; Conference Coordinator, IBA African Regional Forum Vulindlela B Sibanda MawereSibanda Commercial Lawyers, Harare; Conference Quality Officer, IBA African Regional Forum Pieter Steyn Werksmans Attorneys & LexAfrica, Johannesburg; Co-Chair, IBA African Regional Forum
Wednesday 1 April
0900 − 1745 IBA Young Lawyers’ Training
[Further details to follow] All delegates registered for the African Regional Forum Conference are welcome to attend 0930 − 1600 IBA African Bar Leaders’ Conference [Further details to follow] All delegates registered for the African Regional Forum Conference are welcome to attend 1800 − 2000 Welcome cocktail
Thursday 2 April
0800 − 1600 Registration 0900 − 0905 Opening remarks by the Conference Co-Chairs 0905 − 0915 Welcome remarks Horacio Bernardes Neto Motta Fernandes Advogados, São Paulo; IBA President Jon Grouf Duane Morris, New York; Chair, IBA Legal Practice Division 0915 − 0945 Keynote speech
0945 – 1100 Disruptive innovation and the role of lawyers in Africa This panel will review how technology is being used in the legal profession to enhance efficiency, security and meet client needs, and will explore whether African law firms are ready to embrace the technology revolution. Moderator Babatunde Ademola Ajibade SAN SPA Ajibade & Co, Lagos; Vice Chair, IBA African Regional Forum. Speakers Soi Kaingu Apptorney, Lusaka Robert Millard Cambridge Strategy Group Limited, Cambridge Kenneth Muhangi KTA Advocates, Kampala Tewogbade Olatona NextCounsel, Lagos 1100 – 1130 Coffee/tea break
1130 – 1300 African regional and continental integration in a post-Brexit and post-North American Free Trade Agreement world: free trade or protectionism? Over the years, through multinational and bilateral treaties, nations have dropped tariffs, duties, import/export restrictions, government costs and technical barriers. This free trade approach has contributed to global economic growth, consumer benefits and competitive opportunities for trade in legal services. However, there now appears to be growing resistance to free trade and a move towards protectionism. Brexit and the NAFTA renegotiation have brought into question the effectiveness and acceptance of free trade and regional integration. This panel will discuss: • the provision of cross-border legal services in Africa; • the harmonisation of business laws (the Organisation for the Harmonisation of Corporate Law in Africa experience); • harmonisation/mutual recognition of training standards and curricula; • free movement of persons; and • what prospects remain for African aspirations? Moderator Wamkele Mene MHM Consulting, former Chief Negotiator of Africa Continental Free Trade Area, Johannesburg Speakers Yonov Frederick Agah Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization, Geneva Martha Belete Assistant Professor, AAU, Accra George Etomi George Etomi & Partners, Lagos; Co-opted Member, IBA BIC International Trade in Legal Services Division
1300 – 1430 Lunch 1430 – 1600 BREAKOUT SESSIONS Breakout session 1 From M-Pesa to crowdfunding: opportunities and challenges for regulating new players in the African financial services sector There has been considerable discussion lately about crowdfunding companies, such as Fintech, investing in start-ups. This panel will review how these entities are competing with banks and credit institutions, and what future financial lawyers see for transactions and financial documents. Moderator Nankunda Katangaza Hook Tangaza, London Speakers Adeleke Alex-Adedipe Duale Ovia Alex-Adedipe, Lagos Dr Leonard Kalinde General Counsel, Central Bank of Zambia, Lusaka Sarah Kiarie-Muia Kaplan & Stratton, Nairobi
Breakout session 2 What will remain unchanged in arbitration and alternative dispute resolution? Moderator Olasupo Shasore SAN Africa Law Practice, Lagos Speakers Caroline Edwards Travers Smith, London Noella Lubano Oraro & Partners, Nairobi Reza Mohtashami QC Three Crowns, London; Vice-Chair, IBA Investment Arbitration Subcommittee, IBA Arbitration Committee Leyou Tameru I-Arb Africa, Addis Ababa
Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Legal Education
For conference delegates from jurisdictions where CPD/CLE is mandatory, the IBA will provide a Certificate of Attendance for the conference. Subject to CPD/CLE requirements, this can be used by conference delegates to obtain the relevant number of hours’ accreditation. The number of CPD/ CLE hours available may vary depending on the rules applied by the members bar association/law society on time recording criteria. A Certificate of Attendance is available to conference delegates on request. Please ask at the IBA conference registration desk for information on how to obtain the certificate.
Friday 3 April
0830 − 1600 Registration 0930 – 1100 Roundtable discussion: what do 21st century clients expect from external counsel? This panel of general counsels is formed of speakers from African and international companies, as well as smaller start-up types whose needs are atypical. Moderator Felix R Ehrat Independent practitioner, Zug Speakers Bidemi Ademola General Counsel Ghana & Nigeria, Unilever, Lagos Genanaw Assefa Vice President Legal Counsel, Ethiopian Airlines, Addis Ababa Samallie Kiyingi Director and General Counsel, AFREXIM Bank, Cairo Augustine Hamwela Regional Head, Compliance, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Standard Chartered Bank, Lusaka 1100 – 1130 Coffee/tea break
Breakout session 3 The domestic future of international criminal law In the 20 years since the signing of the Rome Statute there has been a decrease of United Nations International Criminal Tribunals in favour of calls for new hybrid or special criminal tribunals (for ISIS, for Syria), and attempts to bring war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide cases before domestic courts. In this context, this panel will analyse the challenges and obstacles that criminal justice currently faces at an international level, and whether the future of international justice lies on an international, hybrid or domestic trajectory. Speakers Dr Henok Gabisa Washington & Lee School of Law, Washington DC Babajide Ogundipe Sofunde Osakwe Ogundipe & Belgore, Lagos; Secretary, IBA Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Expert Subcommittee, IBA Regulation of Lawyers’ Compliance Committee
Breakout session 4 Training the future lawyer: are current frameworks fit for 21st century purposes? Moderator Kimathi Kuenyehia Kimathi & Partners Corporate Attorneys, Accra; Communications Officer, IBA Young Lawyers’ Committee Advisory Board Speakers Ernest Abotsi Immediate-past Dean, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration Law School, Accra Professor Sam Erugo Dean, School of Law, Abia State University, Lagos Sarah Hutchinson BARBRI, London; Chair, IBA Section on Public and Professional Interest 1300 – 1430 Lunch
1430 – 1600 The art of risk management and data privacy regulations: local versus exterritorial laws This panel will explore: • how to be compliant with recently enacted General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and growing local regulations in Africa to continue business; • how new personal data regulations change business processes in Africa; • how African countries can implement GDPR and develop their own domestic and regional frameworks; and • how bar associations and regulators can support their members after the implementation of data privacy regulations? Moderator Teki Akuetteh Falconer Nsiah Akuetteh & Co, Accra; African Regional Forum Liaison Officer, IBA Communications Law Committee Speakers Linda Bonyo Lawyers Hub, Nairobi Tafadzwa Mugabe Senior Fellow, Centre for Technology, Law & Development, Harare Ridwan Oloyede Tech Hide Advisory, Lagos 1900 – 2100 Closing dinner