• The AG urged the stakeholders to embrace change and explore new technology in arbitral procedures to speed access to justice.
• He acknowledged that the world is rapidly evolving, saying there is a need to go with the trend.
Attorney General Justin Muturi has challenged justice stakeholders to use arbitration in promoting gender equality and diversity.
Muturi said the alternative dispute resolution method could be used as a platform to advocate for the aforesaid.
The speech was read on his behalf by the chairperson of the Advocates Complaints Commission Moses Cheboi on Friday during the Nairobi Arbitration Week.
"By fostering an inclusive environment and encouraging equity, legal representation in arbitration panels, in leadership roles we can ensure fair and more balanced output," he said.
Muturi added that it is crucial to invest in the professional development of young talent in the arbitration field.
This is through workshops, mentorship and internship, forwarding fresh perspectives to both youth and women.
"I urge the seniors in the profession to take up the responsibility to raise young talents in arbitration," he said.
Further, the AG urged the stakeholders to embrace change and explore new technology in arbitral procedures to speed access to justice.
He acknowledged that the world is rapidly evolving, saying there is a need to go with the trend.
Muturi further said the sector should acknowledge that the status quo is not enough in the arbitration field.
"As arbitration practitioners and enthusiasts, we must proactively embrace change and explore new perspectives to meet the challenges of the future. The digital era revolutionalises the way we conduct business, communicate and resolve disputes," he said.
"In response, we must harness technologies and protection to streamline arbitration procedures, increase efficiency and enhance access to justice."
He however noted that with technological advancement, there have come challenges of privacy, cyber security and data protection.
The AG, through Cheboi, urged all stakeholders to remain vigilant and ensure to keep integrity.
"As guardians of justice, we must tread carefully to strike the light balance between efficiency and fairness, and the future of arbitration based on our ability to muster technology while conserving integrity and values of the arbitration system," he added.
Noting that arbitration has a role to play in sustainable development, AG Muturi further called for its adoption in solving disputes arising from environmental concerns and corporate social responsibility, which are affecting many communities worldwide.
This, he said, will be a promise for a greener and more sustainable future
Muturi urged all stakeholders including the government and legal institutions, to collaborate in fostering a conducive and friendly environment for the advancement of arbitration.
The Nairobi Arbitration Week (NAW) began on Monday and will come to a close today, on Friday.