10-14 June 2019
Mauritius: a bridge between Africa and Asia

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About MAW

After a successful first edition in May 2018, the MCCI Arbitration and Mediation Center (MARC) is pleased to host the second edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week (MAW), from 10 to 14 June 2019. The MAW 2019 will be marked by a series of events, presentations and discussions on hot topics by leading practitioners.

Events to expect include:

  • A MARC conference,
  • seminars and workshops,
  • MARC45 events, and
  • many more events, including social and networking activities.

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.

Calendar of Events

A series of events, including conferences, seminars, and networking events.



09.00 to 17.00
MARC Conference - Part I (Sessions in English)

Theme: Mauritius: a bridge between Africa and Asia
Time: (Registration: 09.00 to 09.30) 09.30 to 17.00
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees (Opening Cocktail complimentary):
Rs 7,000 - HRDC Refundable - HRDC (Human Resource Development Council) applicable in Mauritius only.
Rs 3,500 - Non HRDC Refundable - applicable to Mauritian Lawyers and foreigners not entitled to HRDC refunds.
Rs 2,000 - Students or less than 3 years call

Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees: Rs 1000 (if not attending MARC Conference - Part 1)
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09.00 to 12.30
MARC Conference - Part II (Sessions in French)

Theme: Maurice : un pont entre l'Afrique et l'Asie
Time: (Registration: 09.00 to 09.30) | 09.30 to 13.30 | Lunch: 12.30 to 13.30
Location: InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava Fort
Fees:
Rs 3,000 - HRDC Refundable - HRDC (Human Resource Development Council) applicable in Mauritius only.
Rs 1,500 - Non HRDC Refundable - applicable to Mauritian Lawyers and foreigners not entitled to HRDC refunds.
Rs 1,000 - Students or less than 3 years call

13.30 to 15.00
I-ARB Round Table Discussion hosted by Peeroo Chambers

Theme: Appointment rules based on the Nationality of Arbitrators: are they fit for purpose?
Time: 13.30 to 15.00
Location: InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava Fort
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Theme: Diversity in International Arbitration: The Current State of Play
Time: (Registration: 15.00 to 15.15) 15.00 to 16.30
Location: InterContinental Mauritius Resort, Balaclava Fort
Fees: Free
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Time: 19.00 to 22.00
Theme: Charity Dinner
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees (MARC45 Beach Gathering complimentary): Rs 3,500
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Time: 22.00 to 00.00
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees: Rs 500
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09.30 to 12.00
Breakfast Session hosted by BLC Robert & Associates

Theme: Challenges in recognition and enforcement of international awards
Time: (Registration: 09.30 - 10.00) 10.00 - 12.00
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees: Free
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Theme: Chinese - African BITs: Facing New Challenges
Time: Lunch: 12.00 to 13.15 | (Registration: 13.00 to 13.15) 13.15 to 15.00
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees: Free
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Theme: Bilateral and Multilateral Investment Treaties - Are they fit for purpose?
Time: (Registration: 16.00 to 16.30) 16.30 to 18.00
Location: PwC Centre, Avenue de Telfair, Moka
Fees: Free
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Time: 19.00 to 21.00
Location: Kas Poz, Ground Floor, Tower 2, Nexteracom Tower, Ebène
Fees: Free
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09.00 to 12.00
Breakfast Session hosted by Keating Chambers

Theme: Seminar on Construction Arbitration in Africa and Asia
Time: (Registration: 09.00 to 09.30) 09.30 to 12.00
Location: Audi Centre, Laflor, Anglo-Mauritius House, Port-Louis
Fees: Free
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Theme: When the private/public sector and MARC meet
Time: (Registration: 13.30 to 14.00) 14.00 to 15.30
Location: MCCI/MARC, 2nd Floor Anglo-Mauritius House, 6, Adolphe de Plevitz street, Port Louis
Fees: Please register your interest on the registration form (kindly note that priority will be given to private/public entities and to MAW Sponsors)
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09.00 to 12.00
Breakfast Session hosted by the Mining & Energy Club

Theme: Investment & Dispute Resolution in the African Mining Industry
Time: (Registration: 09.00 to 09.30) 09.30 to 12.00
Location: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Balaclava
Fees:
Rs 3,500 - HRDC Refundable - HRDC (Human Resource Development Council) applicable in Mauritius only.
Rs 2,000 - Non HRDC Refundable - applicable to Mauritian Lawyers and foreigners not entitled to HRDC refunds.

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14.00 to 16.00
MARC45 Seminar

Theme: Arbitration Spotlight
Time: (Registration: 14.00 to 14.15) 14.15 to 16.00
Location: MCCI/MARC, 2nd Floor Anglo-Mauritius House, 6, Adolphe de Plevitz street, Port Louis
Fees: Free
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Speakers



Mr. Neil Kaplan

Mr Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS

President, MARC Court; International Arbitrator,
Hong Kong

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Aisha Abdallah

Mrs Aisha Abdallah

Member, MARC Court; Head of Disputes, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya

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Dr Jalal El Ahdab

Dr Jalal El Ahdab

Vice-President, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, Bird & Bird, Paris, France

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Dr Guillaume Aréou

Dr Guillaume Aréou

Senior Associate, Reed Smith LLP, France

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Duncan Bagshaw

Mr Duncan Bagshaw

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, Howard Kennedy LLP, London, United Kingdom

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Mr Ram Bahadoor

Mr Ram Bahadoor

Executive Director, Construction Industry Development Board, Mauritius

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Dr Sylvie Bebohi Ebongo

Dr Sylvie Bebohi Ebongo

Lawyer, Research Officer, Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa, Cameroon

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Mr Sanjiv Bhasin

Mr Sanjiv Bhasin

Chief Executive Officer, AfrAsia Bank Limited, Mauritius

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Adv. Johan Beyers

Adv. Johan Beyers

International Member Keating Chambers, London, United Kingdom, advocate, Cape and Johannesburg Bar, South Africa

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Mr Eric Bodo

Mr Eric Bodo

President of the Bar association, Partner, Actio Defendi, Réunion Island

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Mr Maheshwar Doorgakant

Mr Maheshwar Doorgakant

President, Association of Trust and Management Companies, Managing Director, Apex Fund Services (Mauritius) Ltd., Mauritius

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Mr Pierre Francois Burger

Mr Pierre Francois Burger

Director, Werksmans Attorneys, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Ms Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong

Ms Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong

Former Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius, Chairperson, Board of Judicial and Legal Studies, Mauritius

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Ms Marianne Cohet

Ms Marianne Cohet

Lawyer, Mauritius, Former in-house counsel, Natixis, Paris, France

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Ms Virginie Corneillet

Ms Virginie Corneillet

Group Head, Corporate Services, ENL Group, Mauritius

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Mr Kailash Dabeesingh

Mr Kailash Dabeesingh FRICS, FCIArb

Chartered Arbitrator, Barrister,
Kailash Dabeesingh Arbitration Chambers, Mauritius

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Mr Priyesh Daya

Mr Priyesh Daya

Partner, Webber Wentzel, South Africa

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Ms Carolyn Desvaux de Marigny

Ms Carolyn Desvaux de Marigny

Senior Legal Advisor, IBL Ltd, Mauritius

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Elodie Dulac

Ms Elodie Dulac

Partner, King & Spalding, Singapore

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Mr Herve Duval

Mr Herve Duval

Senior Counsel, Ahnee Duval Law Firm, Mauritius

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Ms Laksheeta Bikoo Ellayah

Ms Laksheeta Bikoo Ellayah

Senior Legal Manager, AfrAsia Bank Limited, Mauritius

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Cedric Fischer

Mr Daniel Harold Essoo

Chief Executive Officer, Mauritius Bankers Association Limited, Mauritius

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Cedric Fischer

Mr Cedric Fischer

Barrister, FTMS Avocats, Paris, France

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Mr Vinay Guddye

Mr Vinay Guddye

Head, Logistics and Africa Desk, Economic Development Board, Mauritius

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Ms Dipna Gunnoo

Ms Dipna Gunnoo

Head, MARC, Mauritius

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Ms Johanne Hague

Ms Johanne Hague

Partner, Juristconsult Chambers, Mauritius

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Ms Maryan Hassan

Ms Maryan Hassan

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Chief Negotiator to the WTO, Office of the President, Somalia

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Mr Emmanuel Jacomy

Mr Emmanuel Jacomy

Partner, Shearman & Sterling, Beijing, China & Singapore

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Mr Anand Juddoo

Mr Anand Juddoo

Chartered Arbitrator & Immediate Past Chairman CIArb Mauritius

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Anne-Sophie Jullienne

Ms Anne-Sophie Jullienne

Managing Partner, PwC Legal, Mauritius

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Sahil Kanuga

Mr Sahil Kanuga

Co-Head, International Dispute Resolution & Investigations Practice, Nishith Desai Associates, India

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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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Prof. Malik Laazouzi

Prof. Malik Laazouzi

Professor of Law, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, France

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Ms Mathilde Parent Lagesse

Ms Mathilde Parent Lagesse

Founder and Managing Director, PLCJ Ltd, Mauritius

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Mr Sebastian La Hausse de Lalouviere

Mr Sebastian La Hausse de Lalouviere

Group Legal Counsel, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, Mauritius

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Ms Eunice Lumallas

Ms Eunice Lumallas, FCIArb

Partner, Dispute Resolution & Strategy, Lumallas Achieng & Kavere Advocates, Kenya

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Mr. Dick Ng Sui Wa

Mr Dick Ng Sui Wa

Barrister, Partner, De Castelnau-Sui Wa, State Commissioner, IPCC, Mauritius

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Mr Arthur Ma

Mr Arthur Ma

Member, MARC Court; Partner, DaHui Lawyers, China

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Ms Manisha Meetarbhan

Ms Manisha Meetarbhan

Associate, BLC Robert & Associates, Mauritius

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Mr Mathieu Mandeng

Mr Mathieu Mandeng

CEO, Standard Chartered, Mauritius

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Mr John Miles

Mr John Miles

Managing Director, JMiles & Co., Kenya

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Prof. Denis Mouralis

Prof. Denis Mouralis

Full Professor of Law, Aix-Marseille University, France

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Ms Nirupa Narayen

Ms Nirupa Narayen

General Counsel, Financial Services Commission, Mauritius

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Dr Emilia Onyema

Dr Emilia Onyema, FCIArb

Reader in International Commercial Law, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom

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Ms Marily Paralika

Ms Marily Paralika

Partner, Fieldfisher LLP, Paris, France

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Dr. Jamsheed Peeroo

Dr Jamsheed Peeroo

Vice-President, MARC Advisory Board; Barrister, Peeroo Chambers, Mauritius & London, United Kingdom

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Mr Aloke Ray QC

Mr Aloke Ray QC

Partner, White & Case LLP, London, United Kingdom

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Mr Graeme Robertson

Mr Graeme Robertson

Chairman, Intrasia Group, Director, Mining and Energy Club (Mauritius) Limited, Mauritius

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Mr Faraz Rojid

Mr Faraz Rojid

Head, Financial Services Department, Economic Development Board, Mauritius

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Mr Niels Schiersing

Mr Niels Schiersing

Advokat, Denmark, Solicitor, England&Wales, Member, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong & London, United Kingdom

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Ms Leyou Tameru

Ms Leyou Tameru

Member, MARC Advisory Board; Director, I-Arb Africa, Ethiopia

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Gregory Travaini

Dr Gregory Travaini

Avocat , Herbert Smith Freehills, Founding member, AfricArb, Paris, France & Hong Kong

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Mr Dawid Welgemoed

Mr Dawid Welgemoed

Barrister and Advocate, Johannesburg, South Africa and London, United Kingdom

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>Mr Richard Wilson

Mr Richard Wilson, QC, LL.D

Head, The 36 Group, London, United Kingdom

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>Dr Gu Zhaomin

Dr Gu Zhaomin

Senior Consultant, China-Africa Legal Research Institute, Vice-President, China Smart Ocean Academy of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, China

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MAW 2019

Gallery 2019

MAW 2019 was marked by a series of events, namely:

Day 1: MARC Conference-Part I and Opening Cocktail

Day 2: MARC Conference-Part II, I-ARB Round Table Discussion hosted by Peeroo Chambers, Arbitralwomen Seminar, Charity Gala Dinner on the Beach and MARC45 Beach Gathering

Day 3: Breakfast Session hosted by BLC Robert & Associates, AfricArb Lunch and Seminar hosted by Reed Smith LLP, Afternoon Seminar hosted by PwC Legal, MARC45 Pub Quiz & Networking Cocktail

Day 4: Breakfast Session hosted by Keating Chambers and MCCI Business Club

Day 5: Breakfast Session hosted by Mining and Energy Club and MARC45 Seminar

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TESTIMONIALS

what people say

**Please note that details regarding speakers were last updated in June 2019.

"The second MARC Arbitration Week at the Westin Turtle Bay resort was a great success. Both local and foreign involvement supplied the right blend. We were very fortunate to have some distinguished arbitrators from Africa and MARC Court member, Mrs Aisha Abdallah, gave a fascinating keynote on arbitration in Africa. It was pleasing to me to see so many female arbitrators involved both locally and from Africa. Our sponsors were generous, and we thank them. It was also fascinating to have a session on mining arbitration which attracted a lively audience. Although Mauritius, has no mines, Mauritian investors certainly have an interest in the topic. Thanks are due to PwC Legal for arranging an interesting session on investment arbitration.

I was pleased to welcome Hon. Yves Fortier, QC, of Cabinet Yves Fortier, based in Montreal, Canada and Mr Arthur Ma of the Dahui Lawyers based in Beijing as our new Court members, as well as Ms Leyou Tameru, Director of I-Arb Africa, based in Ethiopia, Mr Vyapak Desai, Partner at Nishith Desai Associates, based in Mumbai, India, and Ms Maryan Hassan, Chief Negotiator to the WTO, Office of the President of Somalia, as new members of the MARC Advisory Board.

A splendid Gala dinner on the beach enabled us to raise money for the worthwhile local charity, the AfrAsia Foundation, and its School Project dedicated to creating an environment that provides access to lifelong learning opportunities to vulnerable and underprivileged children.
Congratulations to Dipna and Anjana and their team of able helpers, in particular Khadeejah and Laetitia.

I look forward very much to the next MARC Arbitration Week."
Mr Neil Kaplan CBE QC SBS President, MARC Court; International Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong
"I was disappointed to miss out on the first edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week, but the second edition more than made up for it. The combination of diverse speakers from Africa, Asia and beyond, high quality technical content and beautiful venue made for an irresistible event. There were also some good take home points. Clearly, I must polish up my basic French so as to better participate in the bilingual sessions. Well done MARC!"
Mrs Aisha Abdallah Member, MARC Court; Head of Disputes, Anjarwalla & Khanna, Kenya
"What an incredible week! We were welcomed by a team genuinely devoted to making the MAW a success, which it was. There were a plethora of panels covering all sorts of topics, from finance to energy and mining, all the way through construction disputes. Users from local and regional companies, as well as international law firms, were involved and contributing, creating a unique, rich and warm atmosphere that inevitably led all participants to say: we shall be back next year."
Dr Jalal El Ahdab Vice-President, MARC Advisory Board; Partner, Bird & Bird, Paris, France
"The 2nd edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week managed to attract a diverse pool of high-profile senior practitioners from all over the world. This resulted in a wide array of engaging debates with views from both the private and public sectors, from Africa to Asia. The 2nd edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week further expanded upon the success of its inaugural edition held last year, with half a day dedicated to French-speaking arbitration, highlighting one of the main advantages of Mauritius as a place of arbitration. The rich potential of Mauritius as a leading place for International Arbitration was highlighted at its best during this year's topic of discussion: "Mauritius, a bridge between Africa and Asia." I can only recommend to all African arbitration practitioners and all those interested in the promotion and development of International Arbitration in Africa to attend the next year's 3rd edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week, which promises to build upon the success and popularity of the first two years."
Dr Guillaume Areou Senior Associate, Reed Smith LLP, France
"I was happy and honoured to attend and speak at the 2nd edition of the Mauritius Arbitration Week organised by the MARC. It was a great pleasure to discuss and share insights about what appears to be an evidence today, Mauritius constitutes a real bridge between Asia and Africa regarding its geographical situation and the major assets it provides such as the MARC. The event was well run and very well organised. A special thanks to Dipna and the Marc team for their hard work who made it possible. Looking forward for the 3rd edition!"
Dr Sylvie Bebohi Lawyer, Research Officer, Association for the Promotion of Arbitration in Africa, Cameroon
"It was a privilege to be invited to participate in MAW 2019 on behalf of the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa. The panel discussions were animated and engaging sessions involving highly accomplished practitioners and academics from several African, Asian and European jurisdictions. The event as a whole was superbly organised and tremendously enjoyable and enlightening. With its vision, resources and professionalism, MARC will undoubtedly entrench Mauritius as a hub of international arbitration in the near future and remain at the forefront of the development of international arbitration in the SADC region. I eagerly look forward to the next MAW."
Mr Pierre Francois Burger Director, Werksmans Attorneys, Johannesburg, South Africa
"Mauritius Arbitration Week 2019 was one of the best all- round events I have attended so far this year. Mauritius has much to offer as a seat and as a venue for international arbitration, not least because Mauritians are fluent in English and French, their lawyers and judges are equally at ease with civil and common law systems, there are designated judges for arbitration-related matters and a bespoke hearing centre offered by MARC for all cases, regardless of whether they are conducted under the auspices of MARC or not."
Ms Cheng-Yee Khong Member, MARC Court; Associate Investment Manager, IMF Bentham, Hong Kong
"I was delighted to have had the opportunity to be a speaker at the Mauritius Arbitration Week. Not only were the conferences of utmost interest, but everything was perfectly organized thanks to the dedication of MARC and of its head, Dipna Gunnoo. Attending Mauritius Arbitration Week is an excellent opportunity to meet other experts in the field from numerus jurisdictions and to get insights of their local practices. Thank you very much MARC and looking forward to participating in the 2020 edition!"
Ms Mathilde Parent Lagesse Founder and Managing Director, PLCJ Ltd, Mauritius
"I thoroughly enjoyed attending and speaking at MARC Arbitration Week 2019. It was particularly gratifying hearing from various General Counsel about their active support of the use of local counsel and arbitration experts! Thank you again to the GCs!"
Dr Emilia Onyema Reader in International Commercial Law, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
"Attending the second edition of MAW hosted by the MARC was extremely informative, with presentations on important areas which are rarely, if ever, discussed at other international arbitration events. It was refreshing to see that equality and diversity did not need to be artificially implanted into the MAW, perhaps because the MARC and the arbitration community using it are already intrinsically diverse. The events were organised in an orderly fashion, and the ability, flexibility and hospitality of the hosting institution were felt throughout the week. I thank MARC for the invitation and very much look forward to attending the third edition of MAW!"
Dr Jamsheed Peeroo Vice-President, MARC Advisory Board; Barrister, Peeroo Chambers, Mauritius & London, United Kingdom
"At MAW 2019, I had the pleasure of moderating the panel on Commercial relations and Arbitration involving Africa and India. Given the current economic and demographic development in India and Africa as well as the exponentially increasing commercial interaction between India and Africa, the question of where to resolve the disputes which will emerge from these commercial activities will be of singular importance in the future. The geographical, historical, cultural and financial ties between Mauritius and both India and Africa make Mauritius and MARC very well-suited to be the “go to” place of arbitration for Indian/African disputes in the future. The speakers on the panel were all experts in this respect and the discussion was most stimulating and engaging. Thank you for hosting such a fantastic event and see you in 2020."
Mr Niels Schiersing Advokat, Denmark, Solicitor, England & Wales, Member, Arbitration Chambers, Hong Kong & London, United Kingdom
"The Mauritius Arbitration Week was a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with arbitration practitioners from different legal and cultural backgrounds to discuss Sino-African relations, which have undoubtedly entered a new era of development. Opportunities are emerging for forward-looking actors mindful of these changes. Thank you, MARC, for such a great event!"
Dr Gregory Travaini Avocat, Herbert Smith Freehills, Founding member, AfricArb, Paris, France & Hong Kong
"The MARC Team guaranteed a safe environment for deliberations at the MAW 2019 Conference, allowing speakers to get to the heart of the issues and delegates ample time to engage openly and constructively. The construction arbitration seminar in particular was thoughtfully and lovingly put together, blending industry players; from contractors, to regulators, to learners and Arbitration practitioners from different jurisdictions, all exploring ways of providing effective solutions to construction disputes. Well done to everyone involved!"
Ms Eunice Lumallas, FCIArb Partner, Dispute Resolution & Strategy, Lumallas Achieng & Kavere Advocates, Kenya
"La Mauritius Arbitration Week 2019 a ete pour moi ld'occasion de mieux connaitre le MARC, ainsi que son environnement juridique et economique. br C'est quelques jours l'amitie et de convivialite au cours desquels j'ai pu prendre des contacts a haut niveau mont permis de me renforcer dans l'opinion que le MARC etait tres bien place pour administrer des procedures de mediation et 'arbitrage en impliquant une partie africaine et/ou asiatique. br Ma pratique de l'arbitrage, notamment en Afrique, me fait apprecier un centre 'arbitrage competent, rigoureux et reactif, offrant aux parties une palette de services permettant de resoudre amiablement, ou par une sentence accepteee par les deux parties, un differend. br Je mets'ores et deja sur mon agenda la Mauritius Arbitration Week 2020."
Mr Cedric Fischer Avocat Associe, FTMS Avocats, Paris, France
MAW 2018

Gallery 2018

MAW 2018 was marked by a series of events, namely:

Day 1: MARC Conference-Part 1 and Opening Reception

Day 2: Breakfast Session, MARC Training for Tribunal Secretaries, MARC Gala Dinner and MARC45 After Party

Day 3: MARC Arbitration Snapshot, MARC-CIArb Training Session on Award Writing and ICC YAF-Young ICCA-MARC45 Event

Day 4: MARC Conference-Part 2, ArbitralWomen Session, MARC45 Arbitration Spotlight, MARC45 Pub Quiz & Networking Cocktail

Day 5: Student & Lawyers Meet and MARC Sundowner Farewell Party

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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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