Lawyers given basics ofinternational commercial arbitration

09May 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Lawyers given basics ofinternational commercial arbitration

YOUNG lawyers seeking to venture into international commercial arbitration should acquire extra skills through training.

Advocate Sarah Mhamilawa (2rd l), briefs journalists on commercial arbitration skills, in Dar es Salaam at the weekend. Looking on (from L) are Resolution Experts Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Madeline Kimei, advocates Amalia Luwi and Kamanga Kapinga.

A Senior Associate with Mkono & Co Advocates of Dar es Salaam, Kamanga Kapinga said during a workshop for 30 local young lawyers that international commercial arbitration is a lucrative but very competitive field of law.

The workshop which was organized by Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration in Tanzania involved 30 lawyers practicing the trade in East African region.

“In addition, we have a mentorship programme in place for our members which connects successful applicants to a mentor. The mentor can either be an ICCA governing board member, arbitration advisory member or a Young ICCA advisory member for a period of two years,”Kapinga said.

He pointed out that mentorship programme enables mentees to benefit from the exchange of arbitration know-how and career advice within their mentoring groups.

Kapinga, who was also one of the moderators of the workshop, said that in addition to the mentorship programme, the YICCA also provides scholarships for students who want to obtain advanced law degree in International Arbitration at the University of Miami, a Master’s in International Dispute Settlement in Geneva and Tsinghua University in China.

Speaking on behalf of the participants, Advocate Madeline Kimei who is the CEO of Resolution Experts, a Tanzanian lawyer with skills in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, said there was need to organise the workshop which addressed challenges that the country faces in the commercial arbitration platform.

“Tanzania is still lagging behind in terms of commercial arbitration practices, a challenge that needs to be addressed promptly, so as to encourage other professionals to join commercial arbitration and to promote capacity building,” Kimei said.

She said, the workshop which was the first of its kind to be organized in the country addressed an important gap in the legal sector.

Most legal professionals in Tanzania are in a dire need of skills and capacity building in the field of commercial arbitration, she stressed noting that such workshops will assist in bridging the gap by providing the right information, training and skill for the trade.

Big names in commercial arbitration who addressed the workshop include Dr Wilbert Kapinga, Elizabeth Karanja, Jotham Lukwaro and Beatus Malima who addressed topics such as getting into international arbitration, overview of what it takes to make a cut and arbitration in Tanzania and challenges and opportunities in the field.

Young ICCA (YICCA) was established in 2010 with the mission of opening the doors of international arbitration to young practitioners. It has more than 3,000 members from all over the world.