4 December 2012

Angola: Minister Highlights Importance of Arbitration in Conflict Settling

Luanda — The Angolan minister of Justice and Human Rights, Rui Mangueira, Monday in Luanda highlighted arbitration as one of the avenues that should be considered and deepened.

The minister was speaking at the opening of the first International Conference on Arbitration he considered an important forum for debate and exchange of opinions on new paths for justice.

Arbitration, the official said, is a mechanism for the realisation of the constitutional principle of access to the right to law and courts.

Rui Mangueira also considered arbitration a different way of providing justice to citizens, businesses and the society as a whole.

He mentioned that the Angolan Constitution stipulates in its article 29 that all are entitled to access to courts for the defence of their rights and legally protected interests and justice can not be denied for lack of economic means.

"We are aware that this is a fundamental disposition of our constitutional body and can be realised in different ways," he stressed.

The 1st International Conference on Arbitration that is closing on Tuesday, is tackling such topics as "Arbitration in action: recent developments in Portugal", "Arbitration Convention: actual problems", "The arbitration process: between autonomy and legality" and others.

The event is being attended by representatives of the Republic Attorney Office, Bar Association of Angola, courts and local and foreign guests.

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