Welcome Message from the Chairman of the Host Committee of ICCA Mauritius 2016

On 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 the Congress.

Salim Moollan
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
ICCA President