21-25 May 2018
Innovating and Adapting to New Challenges

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About the event

The MCCI Arbitration and Mediation Center (MARC) hosted the first edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week, from 21 to 25 May 2018. This successful week was marked by a series of events, presentations and discussions on hot topics by over 20 leading practitioners in the field of arbitration. The week was launched by Mr. Neil Kaplan QC, President of the MARC Court.

During the main conference held on 21 May, MARC unveiled its innovative new arbitration rules. The new rules are meant to reflect best international practice and include a comprehensive tool kit of tried and tested provisions as well as innovative provisions.

The various events of this first Mauritius Arbitration Week was attended by over 100 participants, mainly lawyers, judges, arbitrators and other ADR specialists. The events included a training for arbitrators on award writing, a training for tribunal secretaries, a mock arbitration case, MARC 45 and ICC YAF events, as well as an Arbitral Women Session and a joint MARC-CIArb Event.

About MARC

The Mauritius Arbitration Week is organised by MARC, the MCCI Arbitration and Mediation Center. MARC is an autonomous, non-governmental Alternative Dispute Resolution branch of the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“MCCI”), the first private sector institution established in 1850 to represent businesses. MCCI is a non-profit making organization that cooperates with and is well regarded by corporations, governments, the legal sector and other private sector stakeholders in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean region.

MCCI pioneered institutional arbitration in Mauritius by setting up the MCCI Permanent Court of Arbitration in 1996, which was rebranded as MARC in 2012, and constantly strives to spearhead developments in arbitration and other methods of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) in Mauritius and the Indian Ocean region. MARC firmly believes that strengthening best practices in the field of dispute resolution will promote cross-border trade and investment by making underlying transactions more secure and predictable.

MARC provides neutral, rapid, efficient, flexible and confidential means of resolving disputes through mediation or arbitration as alternatives to litigation before state courts. It also offers excellent hearing and meeting room facilities and services at its offices in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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Speakers

The MARC team would like to thank all the speakers for their contribution in making MAW 2018 a success.

*Please note that details regarding speakers were last updated in May 2018.



Mr. Neil Kaplan

Mr Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS

President, MARC Court; International Arbitrator

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Mr Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo

Mr Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo

Legal Counsel, PCA Representative in Mauritius, Ebene, Mauritius

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Dr. Jalal El Ahdab

Dr Jalal El Ahdab

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, Paris

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Mr Rajiv Sharma Fokeer

Mr Rajeev Fokeer

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, FTPA, Paris

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Ms Sarah Grimmer

Ms Sarah Grimmer

Chair, MARC Advisory Board; Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Hong Kong

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Mr. Shashank Garg

Mr Shashank Garg

Partner Advani & Co. New Delhi

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Mr Hussein Haeri

Mr Hussein Haeri

Partner and Co-Head, International Arbitration, Withers LLP, UK

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Mr Sami Houerbi

Mr Sami Houerbi

Director, ICC Dispute Resolution Services, Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa, International Chamber of Commerce, Tunisia & UAE

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Mr Abdul Jinadu

Mr Abdul-Lateef Jinadu

Barrister, Keating Chambers

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Anne-Sophie Jullienne

MR. ANAND JUDDOO

Chartered Arbitrator & Chairman of CIArb Mauritius Branch

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Anne-Sophie Jullienne

Ms Anne-Sophie Jullienne

Barrister, Afralaw Chambers

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Mr. Ashish Kabra

Mr Ashish Kabra

Leader, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Nishith Desai Associates, New Delhi

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Mr Mohammed KAREGA

Mr Mohammed KAREGA

Head, Mombasa Dispute Team, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya

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Ms. Cheng-Yee Khong

Ms Cheng-Yee Khong

Member, MARC Court; Associate Investment Manager, IMF Bentham, Hong Kong

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Mr Sebastian

Mr Sebastian La Hausse de Lalouvière

Group Legal Counsel, Omnicane Ltd, Port Louis, Mauritius

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Mr Arthur Ma

Mr Arthur Ma

Partner, DaHui Lawyers, China

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Mr Charles NAIRAC

Mr Charles NAIRAC

Partner, White & Case LLP, Paris

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Mr Tolu Obamuroh

Mr Tolu Obamuroh

Associate, White & Case; Young ICCA representative (co-chair), Paris, France

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Elizabeth Oger-Gross

Ms Elizabeth Oger-Gross

Partner, White & Case LLP, Paris

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Dr. Jamsheed Peeroo

Dr Jamsheed Peeroo

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Barrister, Peeroo Chambers, Mauritius & UK

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Professor Sundra Rajoo

Datuk Professor Sundra Rajoo

Director, Asian International Arbitration Centre

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Dr Rajesh Sharma

Mr Rajesh Ramloll

Deputy-Solicitor General of Mauritius; Chair, Mauritius Branch of the International Fiscal Association

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Mr Jonathan Ripley-Evans

Mr JONATHAN RIPLEY-EVANS

Director, Herbert Smith Freehills, LLP, South Africa

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Neeti Sachdeva

Ms Neeti Sachdeva

Secretary General and Registrar, Mumbai Centre for International Arbitration, India

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Dr.Rajesh Sharma

Dr Rajesh Sharma

Senior Lecturer, Justice and Legal Studies, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

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Professor Jeff Waincymer

Prof. Jeffrey Waincymer

Independent Arbitrator and Mediator; Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore

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Mr Roger Wakefield

Mr Roger Wakefield

Member, MARC Court, Director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, Werksmans Attorneys, South Africa

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Dr. Nicolas Wiegand

Dr Nicolas Wiegand

Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle Hong Kong LLP

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Mr. Jeremy Wilson

Mr Jeremy Wilson

Partner & Co-Chair of International Arbitration, Covington & Burling, LLP, UK

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TESTIMONIALS

what people say

**Please note that details regarding speakers were last updated in June 2018.

"MARC’s first Arbitration Week was very successful due to strong local support as well as the presence of senior practitioners from overseas who genuinely see the potential for Mauritius to gain a place on the world arbitration map. The conference was supported by the Government in the presence of the Acting Solicitor General. Many people attended the whole week and were thus able to benefit from various training events including the first Tribunal Secretaries course held in Mauritius under the guidance of Sarah Grimmer, the Chair of the MARC Advisory Board. I was particularly proud to be able to announce the coming into force of the new cutting edge MARC Arbitration Rules drafted by a small committee guided by Cheng Yee Khong, a Court member. I was also pleased to announce that Lord Neuberger and Mrs Peeroo had also joined the Court. I look forward to Mauritius Arbitration Week 2019!"
MR NEIL KAPLAN CBE QC SBS President, MARC Court; International Arbitrator
"The inaugural Mauritius Arbitration Week 2018 was a well-organised and enriching event. Each day comprised sessions that were innovative, interactive and informative. The venues were conveniently located meaning that all sessions were well-attended. As the number of attendees was not vast, over the course of the week, people got to know each other in a way that is not possible at larger events. I thoroughly enjoyed the week and would recommend it to anyone interested in Mauritius’s development as an arbitration venue, and its economic links with countries on the African continent and in Asia, particularly along the Indian Ocean rim."
MS SARAH GRIMMER Chair, MARC Advisory Board; Secretary-General, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Hong Kong
"The 1st edition of the MAW was evidently a success, which you do not simply measure by the number of attendees, but also by their quality. Youth was there, ready to embrace the future of Mauritius as THE next arbitration venue in the region and beyond to become the interface between Africa and Asia. All was there: the spirit, the ambition, the standard, the legal frame, the diversity and, last but not least, Port Louis' sun. Because, yes, the future of arbitration in Mauritius looks bright and no doubt this 1st MAW will have contributed thereto."
DR JALAL EL AHDAB Member, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, Paris
"The quality of the program and speakers and the impeccable organisation of the Mauritius Arbitration Week 2018 augur well for the establishment of Mauritius as a major arbitration centre in the region. The Arbitration Week was testament to Mauritius' emergence as an increasingly prominent jurisdiction for international arbitration."
MR HUSSEIN HAERI Partner and Co-Head, International Arbitration, Withers LLP, UK
"I was happy and honoured to attend and speak at the Mauritius Arbitration Week 2018 organised by MARC. The launch of the MARC rules provided an apposite basis around which the Arbitration Week was organised. The revision and relaunch of the MARC Rules is timely as Mauritius seeks to position itself as a leading arbitral centre given its position at the cross roads between Africa and Asia and as a private sector organisation, MARC is best placed to provide a leading role in Mauritius developing as a leading arbitral centre on the African continent. The range and calibre of speakers and topics organised for the Arbitration Week was impressive. The talks were informative and the discussions and contributions from the audiences were thought provoking. The social and networking events showcased the beauty of Mauritius as an island and the incredible warmth and hospitality of the Mauritian people."
MR ABDUL-LATEEF JINADU Barrister, Keating Chambers, UK
"At the outset, I would like to thank the MCCI for hosting the first Mauritius Arbitration Week. We wish to acknowledge the efforts of the organising committee in inviting eloquent speakers from different regions of the world. This event provided an opportunity for seasoned practitioners, young lawyers and students to be acquainted to new trends in International Arbitration and for networking. The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mauritius Branch can only support this type of initiative for the benefit of Mauritian Arbitration practitioners and looks forward to the next event, or the second edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week."
MR ANAND JUDDOO Chartered Arbitrator & Chairman of CIArb Mauritius Branch
"The Mauritius arbitration week not only had leading practitioners speaking on the upcoming issues but also provided a great opportunity to meet fellow colleagues in an immensely beautiful set up. Definitely looking forward to the next one."
MR ASHISH KABRA Leader, International Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Nishith Desai Associates, New Delhi
"The Mauritius Arbitration Week was one of the best international arbitration events I have attended. "The New Marc Arbitration Rules in Practice: A Snapshot" training session gave a really informative overview of the new rules and was very timely. This was a great educational course and I thoroughly enjoyed attending and speaking at the conference, which I must say was very well organised. It was a great opportunity to interact and share experiences with highly respected professionals in the arbitration field."
MR MOHAMMED KAREGA Head, Mombasa Dispute Team, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
"The Mauritius Arbitration Week 2018 proved to be an enriching experience. The most memorable experience was engaging with both local and international arbitration experts as well as sharing my arbitration experience with these experts from an in-house counsel perspective. Moreover, as a prospective client in terms of retaining arbitration services (be it legal or administrative), it proved to be an ideal networking forum."
Mr Sebastian La Hausse de Lalouvière Group Legal Counsel, Omnicane Ltd, Mauritius
"The rise of the ADR scene in Mauritius in recent years has been phenomenal, adding value to the global ADR community as a whole. The organising of the 1st Mauritius Arbitration Week certainly fortifies this trajectory and I’m sure it will continue to set the right tone for years to come.

It was pleasing to see so many key ADR figures gathered in Port Louis to share their thoughts and ideas, sparking insightful discourse. Had the pleasure in delivering several presentations myself with the essential message being; the future of arbitration definitely lies on a regional and collaborative approach with innovation and inclusiveness being important components.

Looking forward to the 2nd edition of MAW!"
DATUK PROFESSOR SUNDRA RAJOO Director, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Malaysia
"Congratulations to MARC on its launch of state-of-the-art arbitration rules, together with a wonderful arbitration week conducted by leading Mauritian practitioners. With its excellent staff and support base, MARC is poised for great success in the region and I wish it all the best in its endeavors."
PROFESSOR JEFFREY WAINCYMER Independent Arbitrator and Mediator; Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore
"CMS is proud to have been a part of the first edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week in 2018. It was an incredibly well run and thoroughly organized event with a message and a purpose. It was great to discuss the future landscape of arbitration, in particular in the context of Asian-African trade and investments that will inevitably lead to disputes, and how Mauritius can continue to play a greater role in it. A special thank you to Neil Kaplan and the MARC team for all their hard work that made the week possible. We look forward to next year and the continued success of Mauritius Arbitration Week."
DR NICOLAS WIEGAND Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle Hong Kong LLP
"It was an honour to participate in the first edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week - celebrating MARC’s innovative new rules and Mauritius as a centre for international arbitration.

MARC, under the leadership of Neil Kaplan QC and its advisory board, did an excellent job in engaging the Mauritian bar and a diverse group of international arbitration practitioners in lively and informative discussions on how arbitration counsel, working with their clients, can apply the new MARC Rules to minimise time and costs and improve efficiency in international arbitration.

The first edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week marks an exciting new chapter for both MARC and Mauritius as a centre for international arbitration, especially for disputes emanating from Asia and Africa."
MR JEREMY WILSON Partner & Co-Chair of International Arbitration, Covington & Burling, LLP, UK

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