Owing to the challenges that ADR Practitioners and scholars in the African Continent faced when they sought to either access relevant local publications on the area of practice or even a platform to publish their ideas, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Kenya Branch Committee decided to address this lacuna by starting the Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal, as a journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators(Kenya Branch) published twice a year, and whose first Issue ever, volume 1 Issue 1, was published in December 2013. The Journal so far brags of over eight (8) volumes. Over the years, the Journal has proved very useful to ADR students, practitioners, scholars and even the general reader whose main interest is understanding the ADR process. Notably, the Journal contents have not been limited to contributions from the Kenyan authors only as the editorial team accepts relevant articles, commentaries and papers from all over Africa as witnessed in the past Issues.
The place of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal in contributing to the enhancement of international arbitration in Africa through written publications on international arbitration in Africa or related topics was recently cemented when the Journal was awarded the African Arbitration Association (AfAA) Publication of the Year Award as announced on 7 December 2020. This award will go a long way in motivating the editor Dr. Kariuki Muigua, the Editorial Team and indeed the whole Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch) to keep contributing through written publications to the growth of ADR and international arbitration in the African region. The Editorial Team and the entire Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch) Committee wish to express their gratitude to the African Arbitration Association for this prestigious recognition and to all those who have supported the Journal over the years. The victory belongs to all of us!