About the Mauritius International Arbitration Conference

The third biennial Mauritius International Arbitration Conference marks the successful continuation of the dynamic project, launched in 2010 by the Government of Mauritius and leading arbitral institutions, to create a new platform in the region for international commercial and investment arbitration. As part of this project, Mauritius:

  • adopted state-of-the art legislation based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, adapted to best serve the interests of international users (November 2008);
  • concluded a Host Country Agreement with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague pursuant to which the PCA appointed to Mauritius its first overseas representative (April 2009);
  • hosted the inaugural Mauritius International Arbitration Conference in December 2010;
  • cooperated with the LCIA to open the LCIA-MIAC Arbitration Centre, a dedicated and state-of-the-art Centre for International Arbitration;
  • successfully bid to host the 2016 Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (June 2012);
  • refined and extended its legislation to further reinforce the supportive regime for international arbitration (June 2013).

This conference will be opened by the Attorney General of Mauritius. It will feature panels formed of international and regional leaders in the field, and will see Mauritius continue to establish itself as a centre of expertise and training in international arbitration for the African continent and beyond.

From the unique perspective offered by Mauritius as a natural gateway into Africa, panels under the chairmanship of the heads of the co-hosting institutions will consider current and emerging issues in international arbitration under the theme The Litmus Test: Challenges to Awards and Enforcement of Awards in Africa. Specifically, over two days:

    Two panels on international commercial arbitration, will engage in a critical examination of challenges to international arbitration awards, and enforcement of awards, in Africa;
  • Two panel-led discussions, similar to those held regularly by the LCIA at its Tylney Hall conferences; and
  • Two workshops in the form of mock hearings of tribunals considering applications to challenge an arbitral award, and to enforce an award.