The Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration was recognized as the leading Arbitration Service Provider of the year 2023 during the African Arbitration Awards that were hosted on the sidelines of the annual East African International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC) 2023 held in Zanzibar. The Africa Arbitration Awards which were incorporated in the year 2019 aim to celebrate and recognize outstanding arbitral institutions, practitioners, and leaders in the Africa arbitration ecosystem. The platform forms part of the organizers’ vision of building and expanding Africa’s arbitration capacity and networks while promoting and celebrating Africa’s success in international arbitration.
The Arbitral Institution of the Year is awarded to an arbitral institution that is adjudged to have been the stand-out arbitral institution headquartered in Africa and having regard to its work and organization, the initiatives and improvements undertaken by that institution, the user experience, and the demonstrated achievements of the institution in environmental, social and governance metrics and any other relevant factor which has distinguished that institution in the context of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Africa and beyond.
The African Arbitrator of the Year 2023 was awarded to Prof. Githu Muigai. This is after he was adjudged to have made outstanding achievements in and contribution to the development of arbitration in Africa through his various roles as an arbitrator in the region. As the African Arbitrator of the Year, he was deemed to have made a positive impact and contributed to the development of arbitration, including helping to inspire young practitioners in arbitration and ADR to fulfill their true potential, achieve excellence in their careers, and supporting the launch of their careers as practicing arbitration and ADR practitioners.
Prof. Muigai is also recognized by peers for his achievement in terms of expertise, leadership, exceptional provision of arbitral and ADR services and proven record of helping young practitioners grow in their careers. He is a regular contributor to ADR publications, organization of knowledge-sharing networking platforms, and has been involved in creating awareness of arbitration and ADR within Africa. Prof. Githu was also instrumental in the creation of NCIA and supporting its growth during his tenure as Kenya’s attorney General.
The Africa Arbitration Awards have been in place since 2019 with the exception of 2021 when it was deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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