[Masterclass] Investing in English-speaking Africa: A private international law toolkit

24 - 25 June 2021
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: €995,- €745,-(IJI and Asser clients),- €495,-(Students and NGO-workers)
  • Venue: Online
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
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Trade between international commercial actors in Africa and international commercial actors in major trading blocs outside the continent (such as the European Union, United States and China) has significantly increased in recent times. The African Economic Outlook 2017 notes, inter alia, that Africa’s population is approximately one billion people and Africa’s growing population is expected to lead to a rise in consumer spending from 680 billion dollars in 2008 to 2.2 trillion dollars by 2030.

With increased international commercial transactions in Africa, the significance of private international law is more prevalent than ever. In fact, the emergence of the recent African Continental Free Trade Area (“AfCTA”) Agreement, which seeks to create free movement of persons, goods and services within the African Union, has accentuated the role of private international law in resolving potential cross-border disputes involving international commercial actors. Lawyers, judges, arbitrators and other stakeholders will have to gain advanced knowledge of the specific operation of private international law in the African context in order to anticipate and resolve these emerging cross-border commercial disputes.

This Masterclass will provide you with the essential legal know-how to invest in English-speaking Africa by equipping you with a sophisticated understanding of the specific operation of private international law in the African context. The four key issues that will be discussed in-depth in this Masterclass are: questions of jurisdiction, choice of court agreements, foreign currency obligations, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

The coordinator

Chukwuma Okoli is a postdoctoral researcher in private international law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. His principal research interest is in all aspects of private international law/conflict of laws, with a special focus on the European Union, Nigeria, and English speaking or Commonwealth Africa. He has significant publications on these subjects. He is the author of a substantial monograph on a civil and commercial aspect of European Union Private International Law and the co-author of the leading text on Nigerian Private International Law.


Certificate and NOvA PO points
After the successful completion of this Masterclass, you will receive a professional certificate from the T.M.C. Asser Instituut. This Masterclass has been developed in cooperation with the The Hague Institute of Private International and Foreign Law (IJI) and the Eggens Institute for post academic legal education (University of Amsterdam). Dutch lawyers can obtain 10 PO points for their attendance.

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