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The International Arbitration Act 15 of 2017 has delivered the required framework for South Africa to become a truly international arbitration hub. The inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, which takes place on 17-19 March 2020, will take a step towards this goal, exploring recent developments in international arbitration with a particular focus on the African continent.

Herbert Smith Freehills is proud to be the Platinum sponsor of the Johannesburg Arbitration Week.

As a precursor to the event we will be hosting a special event on Monday, 16 March 2020. We are honoured to welcome Professor David Butler, who has been driving arbitral reform in South Africa for 25 years, to highlight some of the fundamental changes introduced by the new act.

Paula Hodges QC (Head of Global Arbitration, London) will chair a practical discussion exploring tools, techniques and technology aimed at driving efficiency in arbitration. Further details of panel speakers are listed below.

We would be delighted if you could join us.


Monday 16 March 2020


16:15pm - Registration

17:00pm - Panel discussion commences

18:30pm - Drinks and canapés

22:00pm - Event concludes

See key contacts below

Four Seasons Hotel - The Westcliff
Arcadia Ballroom and Jacaranda Gardens
67 Jan Smuts Avenue

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For more information, please contact Teboho Moletsane



Key contacts

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Andrew Cannon

Partner, Global Co-Head of International Arbitration and of Public International Law, London

Andrew Cannon
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Dr Patricia Nacimiento

Partner, Germany

Dr Patricia Nacimiento
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Jonathan Ripley-Evans

Partner, Johannesburg

Jonathan Ripley-Evans
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Charlie Morgan

Partner, London

Charlie Morgan
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