Gide Paris is delighted to have hosted the final round of the 1st African International Arbitration Competition (Concours africain d'arbitrage international), organised by the African Academy for International Law Practice (AAPDI), which took place at our office on Wednesday 28 September 2022.
Out of eighteen teams coming mainly from the OHADA area, three qualified for the final. They competed on a fictitious case of international investment law with climate and environmental issues.
The final, which was open to the public, took place before a simulated arbitration tribunal acting as a jury and composed of:
Saadia BHATTY, Partner, Gide Loyrette Nouel ;
Thomas CLAY, Founder and Managing Partner of Clay Arbitration, Professor at the Sorbonne Law School, member of the Paris Bar, arbitrator (President of the jury);
Robert S. M. DOSSOU, member of the Benin Bar, former President of the Benin Bar, Honorary Dean of the Law Faculty of the National University of Benin, arbitrator;
Arnaud DE NANTEUIL, Professor at the University of Paris Est Créteil, Senior Advisor EY Société d'avocats.
The clerk of the court was Nestor KOUAMI, Researcher at the CUREJ, Faculty of Law of the University of Rouen.
After deliberation, the jury awarded the first prize to the team from Togo ("Les tenors") composed of :
Homba Alban BASSOWA;
Etonam Kouakou Matthieu DOUMEYAN;
Tékô Seyram AMENYINU (supervisor).
The second prize went to the team from Burkina-Faso, ("Les arbitres de Cicéron") composed of :
Innocent COULIBALY ;
Nasihatoun BARRY ;
Oumarou CISSE ;
Amado YONI (supervisor).
The team from Aix-Bourgogne-ESG (France), which was recognised with a prize for having participated diligently in all phases of the competition, was composed of:
Daniel EL HABEL ;
Talla Hervé AWUI ;
Sabine VAN HAECKE-LEPIC (supervisor).
Gide extends its congratulations to the members of all of the teams and their supervisors.