Tanzania

Irish lawyers facilitate Arbitration training for Tanzanian Judiciary

IRLI was delighted to coordinate a group of Irish lawyers to travel to Arusha, Tanzania, from 18-21 January 2016 to support Chief Justice Mohamed Othman in providing training in Arbitration to members of the Tanzanian Judiciary.

The Irish delegation included Chairman of the Bar Council, Mr. David Barniville SC, barrister Ms. Katie Mann BL, solicitor Mr. Michael Carrigan and lecturer Mr. Brian Hutchinson from the UCD Sutherland School of the Law. The team was led by former President of the High Court Mr. Joseph Finnegan.

The training came about as a result of a dialogue on Alternative Dispute Resolution held in Dublin in January 2014 between members of the Tanzanian and Irish judiciaries as well as members of the East Africa Court of Justice. With the growth in the financial sector and global economic liberalisation there has been a growth in the Alternative Dispute Resolution system. In order for countries to attract foreign investment, especially as regards infrastructure development, it is imperative to inspire investor confidence that they are a viable destination for investment capital and, furthermore, that they are committed to a resolution of disputes using internationally accepted methods of doing so. The training held last month in Arusha represents an element of the efforts of the Tanzanian judiciary to strengthen the capacity of its members to offer effective, efficient and appropriate methods for resolving commercial disputes.

Institutional capacity building and the promotion of good governance form a key pillar of Irish Aid’s priorities in terms of Ireland’s overseas development policy generally, and specifically in Tanzania. Ambassador Ms. Fionnuala Gilsenan and the Irish Embassy in Tanzania therefore have developed an important partnership with the Tanzanian judiciary and IRLI was very grateful to receive grant support towards the implementation of the training in Arusha.

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