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MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA

1.     Membership of the AfAA is open to African and Africa-related arbitral institutions, initiatives, and dispute-resolution specialists, both individual and corporate.

2.      Members should in any event be:

(a)    Law Firms, Arbitral institutions or initiatives registered, operating or resident in Africa; or

(b)    Initiatives or individuals with a bona fide interest in the promotion of international arbitration in Africa (regardless of where they are registered or resident).

3.         Admission to membership shall be as follows:

(a)    The Secretary General shall review applications and admit new Members taking into account the provisions of the Constitution and any guidelines issued by the Board of Directors;

(b)    Application for membership shall be via an on-line application form.

4.      Membership term:

(a)    The term for membership shall be one year.

(b)    Membership shall run according to the calendar year (i.e., commencing or renewing on 1 January each year).

5.        Members shall pay an annual membership subscription:

(a)    The initial membership fee shall be determined by the Board of Directors after consultation with the institutions and individuals engaged in the work of the Consultative Workshops at the time of drafting the initial Constitution.

(b)    The membership fee shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors once every two years, and amended by the Board of Directors after consultation with the General Assembly.

6.        Members who fail to timely settle an invoice for their annual subscription shall be removed from the list of Members, provided that they may be re-admitted upon payment both of the subscription for the year in which they apply to be re-admitted and of the arrears that led to their removal, subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

7.         Membership benefits and obligations shall be published on AfAA’s website. By applying for membership, a Member is deemed to have accepted the obligations associated with membership.

8.         Membership may be suspended by the Board of Directors if, in its complete discretion, it considers that a Member no longer meets the criteria for membership, or fails to support the aims and objectives of AfAA. Where there is a suspension, the Board of Directors shall state the length of the suspension and what requirements the suspended member will need to satisfy to regain admission.

9.           Any Member of AfAA may cancel membership by written notification (including email) to the Secretary General; the cancellation being effective on the date of receipt of such written notification by the Secretariat. Such cancellation will not entail the refund of any fees already paid.

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