Welcome Message from the Chairman of the Host Committee of ICCA Mauritius 2016
behalf of the Host Committee of ICCA Mauritius 2016, I have the pleasure of extending
a very cordial invitation to the twenty-third International Council for Commercial
Arbitration (ICCA) Congress, to be held in Mauritius on 8-11 May 2016.
It is an honour for Mauritius to have been selected to host ICCA’s twenty-third
Congress. Be assured that the Host Committee will do its best to make this a truly
memorable Congress, at which participants can experience the warm and generous welcome
of which we Mauritians are so proud. The academic programme and related events will
be held at various locations on the beautiful island of Mauritius, allowing visitors
to discover the varied splendour of this tropical paradise: its world-famous beaches,
volcanic mountains, lush green fields, historic buildings and estates and, of course,
the vibrant modern commercial regions from which Mauritius operates as a major international
financial and investment hub for the region.
For Mauritius, hosting the ICCA Congress in 2016 represents a natural step in establishing
our country as a venue and centre of excellence for international arbitration in
Africa. Mauritius is perfectly suited to play a leading role in developing the theory
and practice of international arbitration in Africa, reflecting the institutional
development and economic growth of the region. The programme of this first ICCA
Congress ever to be held in Africa will address questions of fundamental importance
to our discipline as arbitration gains popularity in one of the most rapidly advancing
economic regions of the world.
I expect that this Congress will be attended by a record number of African participants,
both practitioners and academics, alongside their colleagues from around the world.
The event will be a true milestone in the history of arbitration in Africa, which
brings together the global international arbitration community with representatives
from all parts of the continent. To show its commitment to this goal, the Government
of Mauritius and the Host Committee have arranged for all African participants to
receive a 50% discount from the Congress registration fee.
You will be able to register for ICCA 2016 from early 2015. Keep an eye on this
website for frequent updates on the programme and the logistical arrangements for
Chambers of Sir Hamid Moollan QC, Mauritius;
Essex Court Chambers, London; Vice-Chairman of UNCITRAL
Welcome Message from the President of ICCA
I look forward to welcoming all of you to the ICCA Congress that will be held in
Mauritius from 8 – 11 May 2016. It is a pivotal event for ICCA, marking the first
time in our organization’s 50-year history that we will gather in Africa for an
ICCA Congress. It also reflects an important milestone in our field—the recognition
that international arbitration now plays an important role across the African continent
as a whole. The Host Committee, led by Salim Moollan, has been hard at work since
its successful bid in 2012, preparing to welcome us to its beautiful country.
The Head of the Programme Committee, Andrea Menaker, and her team are devising a
thought-provoking programme, which will address the relationship – in theory and
in practice – between international arbitration and the development of the rule
of law. We are all aware of the role that international arbitration plays in facilitating
and fostering cross-border trade, across and among continents; but what about the
broader question of how it impacts efforts to strengthen the rule of law more generally?
During the Mauritius 2016 Congress, invited speakers will explore this issue and
related questions. Our hope is that participation by you and, in particular, your
sharing of real life experiences, will enrich the dialogue and ensure that ideas
are appropriately tested.
Since ICCA was opened to general membership in 2012, we have witnessed the tremendous
value of member participation in our interest groups and projects. Our members now
number nearly 1000, and they have joined interest groups for practitioners, judges,
scholars, in-house counsel and civil servants. Young ICCA also goes from strength-to-strength.
We have formed member task forces dealing with matters such as: issue conflicts
in investment arbitration (in collaboration with the American Society of International
Law); third-party funding; and boilerplate clauses for logistical matters in procedural
orders (the Drafting Sourcebook project). Many of you will be aware of our judicial
dialogues (the “New York Convention Roadshows”), and may have participated in the
Young ICCA Mentoring Programme, which supports new entrants to the field of arbitration.
ICCA belongs to its members. During the short period of open membership, the organisation
has already benefited enormously from your ideas and hard work. I encourage each
and every one of you to continue your involvement, and invite you to take the opportunity
during the Mauritius Congress—in the company of so many colleagues interested in
international arbitration—to tell us your ideas for ICCA’s future steps. We will
be listening and ready to act.
With best wishes,
Albert Jan van den Berg