INTERNATIONAL SENIOR LAWYERS PROJECT(ISLP)DIRECTOR PAYS A COURTESY CALL TO NCIA
The Executive Director of the International Senior Lawyers Project (“ISLP”), Ms. Sara Lulo paid a courtesy call to the Centre to review and evaluate the status of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the Centre and the International Senior Lawyers Project (“ISLP”) on 28th October 2022.ISLP is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organization with headquarters in New York. The organization provides pro bono legal assistance to governments, civil society organizations, and social enterprises on matters that advance just, accountable, and inclusive economic development. ISLP draws from an international network of volunteer senior-level and retired attorneys with a deep understanding of the legal frameworks that shape economic development and who are recognized experts in their respective fields. ISLP also partners with both lawyers and other subject matter experts from academic institutions and leading non-governmental organizations and local community organizations. Their work is client-driven and based on the attorney-client model: volunteer legal experts provide advice and guidance, while clients retain the ability to direct development decisions and outcomes.
Through the Memorandum of Understanding, the Centre and ISLP developed a Workplan and in partnership with the White and Case LLP team, the following areas of the partnership were identified;
Review of the International Commercial and Investment Arbitration Curriculum
Training of 30 State Attorneys from the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice on International Commercial and Investment Arbitration
Capacity Building of the Case Management Staff
Review of the Conciliation Adjudication and Arbitration Rules, Rules
Review of the Negotiation and Mediation rules,
Provision of resource persons and technical support for webinars
Ms. Lulo’s visit which comes at a time the Centre is planning to hold the Nairobi Arbitration week in September 2023 is timely as it provides opportunities for greater partnership between the institutions. The Registrar appraised her of the progress made in the preparations and agreed to extend ISLP support towards the realization of a successful Nairobi Arbitration week.
The expert services offered by ISLP through White and Case LLP are on a pro bono basis as ISLP is a non-profit organization and fully relies on funding from grants, such as those from international development agencies and foundations, to recover costs of programming and operations. ISLP brings on board White and Case LLP team who offer a broad range of expertise in various ADR mechanisms.