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First Session of the International Meetings of Business Law in Africa (RIDAA), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire


The first session of the International Meetings of Business Law in Africa (RIDAA) took place on 17 October 2012 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Organized by Lazareff Le Bars (based in Paris) along with Girard Gibbs LLP (with offices in New York and San Francisco) and Jurifis Consult (based in Mali), the event focused on this year’s theme of “contemporary issues in international arbitration”.

This event consisted of conferences and workshops, led by Benoît Le Bars, Managing Partner of Lazareff Le Bars and Mamadou Konate, Partner at Jurifis Consult.  The various sessions dealt with the following topics:

  • The Uniform Acts of OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of African Business Law) and arbitration in Africa;
  • The Rules of the new Permanent Center of Arbitration and Mediation (CPAM) in Cameroon and other major arbitration venues in Africa;
  • International aspects of arbitration in Africa: relations and synergies between civil law and common law systems; and
  • Recent trends in arbitration law in the United States and their international repercussions.

Legal professionals as well as businessmen of eleven nationalities including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo, gathered for the occasion.

Additionally, the event gave lawyers from Mali, Nigeria, Mauritius, United States, United Kingdom, France and Benin an occasion to network and exchange ideas.

After the success of this first summit, the participants uniformly noted that they were looking forward to coming together again next year, at the second session of RIDAA.

For questions or more information about the conference, please contact Daniel C. Girard or Benoit Le Bars, or call +1(415)981-4800.