The project responds to the request of Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC) to enhance its capacity in Arbitration services in Rwanda. KIAC, established in 2012 aims to become a regional Arbitration Centre and to be a forum of arbitration for parties who are not willing to submit their cases to the existing formal court proceedings. KIAC
delivers the following services to local and international clients:
• Management of arbitration according to KIAC’s own rules and the rules of UNCITRAL;
• Promotion of the pro-arbitration policy of the Rwandan legal system, whereby arbitration related cases are prioritised and dealt with in a timely manner;
• Provision on request of administrative and technical support of parties in ad hoc arbitration;
• Provision of legal advice during the preparation of international commercial and investment contracts.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen the accessibility and quality of the ADR system in Rwanda. The specific objectives are of three folds:
1. Strengthened capacity of KIAC to coordinate the development of ADR;
2. Enhanced service provision of (legal) professionals in the ADR domain;
3. ADR regulatory framework in East Africa defined.
The following results are foreseen by the project:
• Strengthened organisational capacity of KIAC
• Established ADR training system in East Africa, coordinated by KIAC in cooperation with local institutions in the education sector
• Dissemination strategy for training, information and materials developed and implemented.