Arbitration—Zambia—Q&A guide

The following Arbitration practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Arbitration—Zambia—Q&A guide
  • 1. Is your jurisdiction a contracting state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards? Since when has the Convention been in force? Were any declarations or notifications made under articles I, X and XI of the Convention? What other multilateral conventions relating to international commercial and investment arbitration is your country a party to?
  • 2. Do bilateral investment treaties exist with other countries?
  • 3. What are the primary domestic sources of law relating to domestic and foreign arbitral proceedings, and recognition and enforcement of awards?
  • 4. Is your domestic arbitration law based on the UNCITRAL Model Law? What are the major differences between your domestic arbitration law and the UNCITRAL Model Law?
  • 5. What are the mandatory domestic arbitration law provisions on procedure from which parties may not deviate?
  • 6. Is there any rule in your domestic arbitration law that provides the arbitral tribunal with guidance as to which substantive law to apply to the merits of the dispute?
  • 7. What are the most prominent arbitral institutions situated in your jurisdiction?
  • 8. Are there any types of disputes that are not arbitrable?
  • 9. What formal and other requirements exist for an arbitration agreement?
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Arbitration—Zambia—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to arbitration in Zambia published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: November 2020).

Authors: Corpus Legal Practitioners—Sydney Chisenga; Ken Phiri

1. Is your jurisdiction a contracting state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards? Since when has the Convention been in force? Were any declarations or notifications made under articles I, X and XI of the Convention? What other multilateral conventions relating to international commercial and investment arbitration is your country a party to?

Zambia has been a contracting party to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of foreign Arbitration Awards since 14 March 2002. Zambia made no declarations or notification under articles I, X and XI of the Conventions. Zambia is also party to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law, which was domesticated by the enactment of the Arbitration Act No. 19 of 2000 (the Arbitration Act).

2. Do bilateral investment treaties exist with other countries?

Zambia is party to 15 BITs.

No.TitleDate of SignatureDate of entry into force
1.Turkey 28 July 2018Not in force
2.Morocco - Zambia20 February 2017Not in force
3.Mauritius 14 July 20156 May 2016
4.United Kingdom- Zambia27 November 2009Not in force
5.Finland - Zambia7 September 2005Not in

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