Halfway between arbitration and conciliation, Dispute Adjudication Boards (DAB) are increasingly prevalent in Africa, especially in large-value contracts involving infrastructure and public works projects, including Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects. The main reason is their ability to resolve disputes in a relatively quick and informal manner, an ideal fit for projects in a continent in need for infrastructures, where costly litigation and delays in the delivery of the works may result fatal for the entities involved and for the economy of the countries in question.

This article was co-written by Olivier Mélédo and Alejandro Lopez Ortiz, both partners in the Paris office.
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