Jean-Baptiste HARELIMANA is an outstanding lawyer with significant arbitration experience. He is a strong advocate for the improvement and modernisation of african laws. He is often consulted to draft and advise on African Union law. Over the years, he has demonstrated an interest for the development of arbitration in Africa and has assisted a number of African Governments with the creation of their arbitration legal framework and is involved in investment negotiations in different African countries and economic organisations. He is currently the President of the African academy for international law practice (AAILP) and a member of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Task Force on the institutional reform. He concentrates his practice on international law, international litigation and arbitration matters, and frequently represents governments, international organisations and private clients on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious public international law issues. He holds a Ph.D. and an LL.M. in international commercial law and public international from the Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University. He widely published in these areas, notably Un demi-siècle africain au CIRDI : regards rétrospectifs et prospectifs, 2019 (co-editor).
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Harelimana was one of the three conveners of the conference "Foreign Direct Investment Operations and Investment Disputes in the African Extractive Sector: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa's Growth & Development" held on 14 December 2017 in the Dubai International Arbitration Centre. Papers based on the presentations have been published in the OGEL/TDM Special Issue: