The inaugural session of the New York Convention Roadshow, an intensive new judicial training workshop on the interpretation of the Convention, was held in Mauritius on 3 and 4 May 2012 by ICCA and the PCA. Chief Justices and Judges from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia attended along with judges of the Supreme Court of Mauritius and delegates from the International Commission of Jurists.
The launch of the Roadshow was organized by Young ICCA Co-Chairs Marike Paulsson and Lise Bosman together with the outgoing PCA representative in Mauritius, Judith Levine, and was presented by Ms. Paulsson together with Professors Albert Jan van den Berg and Jan Paulsson (President of ICCA). The workshop opened with a welcome address by the Chief Justice of Mauritius, the Hon. Y. K. J. Yeung Sik Yuen, followed by an introduction by Professor van den Berg to the basics of international commercial arbitration. The working sessions took the form of an interactive, article-by-article analysis of the New York Convention, delivered with the aid of a website designed by the speakers and punctuated by “war stories” from practice. The workshop closed with a discussion and Q&A session. The event was sponsored by the International Commission of Jurists, enabling the attendance of 25 delegates from neighbouring African states, and by the Supreme Court of Mauritius, which fielded a delegation of 17 Supreme Court Judges.
The Roadshow was preceded by a successful joint Young ICCA-PCA Practitioners’ Training Day in the Mauritian capital Port Louis on 2 May, at which the presenters of the Roadshow gave an introductory workshop on the New York Convention alongside lectures aimed at providing an overview of international arbitral practice delivered by Bosman, Levine, local practitioners Anne-Sophie Jullienne and Jamsheed Peeroo, and the incoming PCA representative in Mauritius, Fedelma Claire Smith. The Practitioners’ Training Day was attended by over 75 local lawyers and international visitors.