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AFSA launches inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week (JAW) conference

19 February 2024: The Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) is pleased to announce the launch of the inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week (JAW) taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 9-11 April 2024, preceded by a welcome event taking place at AFSA’s offices in Sandton on 8 April 2024.

JAW, hosted by AFSA, and rated by SOAS University of London as Africa’s top arbitration centre, is co-hosted by leading solicitor firms, bars and other stakeholders, who are all founding members of the organisation. The event aims to unpack the issues and challenges in the fast-changing world of international commercial arbitration paying particular attention to key initiatives that are shaping and transforming dispute resolution in Africa.

Michael Kuper, AFSA’s Chairman states: “One of the key aims of JAW is to activate the AFSA Alliance that 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 – this initiative is a potential game changer for arbitration in Southern Africa.”

Michael Kuper, Chairman of AFSA