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Date: Tuesday, 9 April 2024 - Thursday, 11 April 2024

Preceded by a Welcoming Wine Tasting Event on 8 April 2024 at AFSA's offices in Sandton, in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Region.

Herbert Smith Freehills is a proud co-host, with the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA) and others, of the inaugural Johannesburg Arbitration Week, where we will unpack the issues and challenges in the fast-paced world of international commercial arbitration. All of the co-hosts are founding members of AFSA, including Herbert Smith Freehills and other leading local and international law firms and South African Bars. 

Johannesburg Arbitration Week (JAW) will take place 9-11 April 2024, and will focus on key initiatives that are shaping and transforming the dispute resolution landscape within the African region.

South African jurist and former Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary session, followed by an impressive line-up of high-profile local and international speakers. 

In addition to the main conference agenda, there will be a number of interesting satellite events hosted by AFSA and its founding members.

We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa. 

To view the JAW Programme, and the impressive line-up of speakers, click here.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Time: 08:30 - 17:00

Cost: Full Registration Fee: (from 01 March 2024)
R 7 800.00 + 15% VAT = R8 970.00

We are delighted to be hosting the following plenary session at the Conference:

ESG: fertile ground for disputes?

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2024, Venue A

Time: 11:00 – 12:00

Speakers: Michael Schottler (Anglo American), Andrew Cannon (Herbert Smith Freehills, London), Dr Patricia Nacimiento (Herbert Smith Freehills, Frankfurt)

Moderator: Fiorella Noriega Del Valle (Herbert Smith Freehills, Johannesburg)

We are delighted to be hosting the following breakout session at the Conference:

How Helpful are Experts in Arbitration?

Date: Wednesday 10 April 2024, Venue C

Time: 14:00 – 15:00

Speakers: Adv Azhar Bham SC (Senior Counsel and Arbitrator), Prof David Butler (Professor Emeritus and Research Fellow, Dept. of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University), Hannah Ambrose (Herbert Smith Freehills, London); Laurence Franc-Menget (Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris); Mike McClure KC (Herbert Smith Freehills, London) 

We do hope you can join us. 

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and to view the programme and speakers

Key contacts

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Jonathan Ripley-Evans

Partner, Johannesburg

Jonathan Ripley-Evans
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Fiorella Noriega Del Valle

Director, Johannesburg

Fiorella Noriega Del Valle
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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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Laurence Franc-Menget

Partner, Paris

Laurence Franc-Menget
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Mike McClure

Partner, Global Co-Chair of Korea Group, Seoul

Mike McClure
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Hannah Ambrose

Partner, London

Hannah Ambrose

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