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Herbert Smith Freehills is an enthusiastic supporter of initiatives that promote the further development of international arbitration as an effective means of dispute resolution in particular in matters relating to the African continent.

Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce the appointment of three of its International Arbitration members as part of the Drafting Committee and the Advisory Board responsible for the revision of the international arbitration rules of the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA). London-based Partner Craig Tevendale has been appointed to the Advisory Board, Johannesburg-based Director Jonathan Ripley-Evans has been appointed to the Drafting Committee and Senior Associate Greg Travaini will serve as Secretary to the Committee.

Since the promulgation of South Africa's International Arbitration Act (IAA) in late 2017, AFSA's international caseload has grown exponentially. To facilitate this continued growth, ensure best quality services possible and keep pace with developments in the rules of other major arbitral centres around the world, AFSA has decided to revise its International Arbitration Rules. The Drafting Committee and Advisory Board, composed of leading academics, experts and practitioners from around the globe, are in charge of revising AFSA’s current International Rules, which pre-date the passing of the IAA.

AFSA will release its new International Arbitration Rules during the Johannesburg International Arbitration Week in March 2020, which Herbert Smith Freehills sponsors. Prior to the official launch, AFSA will publish draft rules for public comment to encourage wider public participation in the process.

For more information, please contact Craig Tevendale, Jonathan Ripley-Evans or Greg Travaini or log onto AFSA's webpage.


Key contacts

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Craig Tevendale

Partner, London

Craig Tevendale
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Jonathan Ripley-Evans

Partner, Johannesburg

Jonathan Ripley-Evans