Arbitration has been a relatively recent arrival in Rwanda. In 2003, Rwanda’s courts had a huge backlog of cases as the country struggled to come to terms with, and seek reconciliation following, the genocide. At that time, Rwanda was also looking to attract greater foreign investment and increase investor confidence. The Ministry of Justice therefore established a commission to look at the question of commercial justice and how to ensure the backlog of cases through the Rwandan courts did not affect investors’ access to justice.
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