Date and place of adoption: March 11, 1999 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Date of publication in the OHADA Official Gazette: May 15, 1999
Entry into force: August 14, 1999
The Uniform Act on Arbitration Law (UAA) is the general law on arbitration for all OHADA Member States. It lays down the principles of arbitration law, regulates the various phases of the procedure, defines the conditions for the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, and organizes the remedies available against awards: nullity, appeal for review and third party opposition.
In the OHADA space, the arbitration organized by the Uniform Act coexists with the specific institutional arbitration administered by the CCJA and governed by the Arbitration Rules of March 11, 1999.
The UAA and the CCJA Arbitration Rules are being revised, and may adopt commercial mediation as another alternative method for trade dispute settlement.