Our investment in education extends to training for practicing lawyers and judges. We applied a tailored approach for lawyers in The Republic of The Gambia in collaboration with the International Senior Lawyers 

Participants worked on case studies, drafted arbitration clauses and considered claims, arguments and procedural issues applicable to the types of cases they will be seeing.

Following a regime change in The Gambia in 2017, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) faced an increase in international claims and arbitrations involving international investment agreements made with the previous government. Additional capacity was required to manage the increase, and the MoJ decided it needed to enhance the skills of its lawyers.

Together with ISLP and the MoJ, New York partner Damien Nyer, New York associate Sven-Michael Volkmer and Paris associate Tolu Obamuroh put together a highly interactive week-long course and delivered it to 30 lawyers from the MoJ. Participants worked on case studies, drafted arbitration clauses and considered claims, arguments and procedural issues applicable to the types of cases they will be seeing.

“The attendees were highly experienced and talented lawyers so we wanted to give them an opportunity to explore and expand on their existing skill set, rather than lecture them in a vacuum,” commented Damien. “It was immensely gratifying to take part in something that was so well received and so relevant.”