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Michael Mafabi’s dispute resolution practice covers commercial and civil litigation, as well as international arbitration.

Michael represents corporate, state entity clients and foreign investors in major disputes arising out of banking and financial services, commercial contracts, insurance, construction, negligence and product liability, transport, real estate, regulatory affairs and international trade and investment. Michael has acted for clients in high-value matters in the East African Court of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Uganda.

Michael also has experience in international arbitration under Uganda’s Centre for Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, the London Court of International Arbitration and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration frameworks.

Experience has included advising:

  • The Civil Aviation Authority, as an intervener in connection with a dispute related to the use of and payment for airport space before the East African Court of Justice
  • British American Tobacco Uganda, in a GBP5.8 million contract dispute with a group of tobacco farmers before the supreme court, including in landmark post-judgment proceedings that invoked the inherent powers of the supreme court
  • Hima Cement Uganda, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, in a USD120 million dispute over the proprietary rights to a limestone mining area before the court of appeal
  • Africell Uganda, a leading telecommunications company, in a USD2 billion class action seeking to challenge and halt the operation of mobile money telephone banking services
  • Aegis Media South Africa Proprietary, a subsidiary of Dentsu Aegis Network Limited, in a high-value contractual dispute involving non-payment of fees under an affiliation agreement in Uganda seated LCIA proceedings
  • The Kenyan government, alongside the DLA Piper Africa (Kenya) and DLA Piper London teams, in a multibillion dollar ICSID arbitration brought by an investor in the mining sector
  • Government of Georgia, alongside the DLA Piper London team, on contentious clauses in a bilateral investment treaty
  • Africell Uganda Limited, in a multibillion-shilling contract dispute involving an alleged breach of distributorship agreements in ad hoc arbitration proceedings

Professional Qualifications

  • Advocate admitted to the High Court of Uganda (2008) 

Education

  • Queen Mary University of London, Master of Law (Comparative and International Dispute Resolution) (2017)
  • Law Development Centre, Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (bar qualification) (2007)
  • Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Bachelor of Law (2006)

Memberships

  • East Africa Law Society
  • Uganda Law Society
  • London Court of International Arbitration (Young International Arbitration Group)
  • Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration
  • Institute of Transnational Arbitration
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators