Lectures | Presentations | Speeches

Upcoming Events

Panellist, Litigating African Cross Border Disputes, K&S Africa Webinar Series: Opportunity in Crisis (11 November 2020). Registration information will be available shortly.

Moderator, ICC Africa Commission Webinar Series, African Seats, Laws, and Arbitrators, ICC International Court of Arbitration (27 October 2020). For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

Guest Lecturer, University of Pretoria (CDH), Promotion and Protection of Investment in Africa, Department of Public Law online course, University of Pretoria in collaboration with Cliffe Dekke Hofmeyr (12-29 October 2020) For more information and to register for the course, click here.

Speaker, Emergency Arbitration in the ICC Arbitration Rules 2017, a seminar organised by ICC Netherlands (28 October 2020). For more information, and to register, click here.

Speaker, ICC UK Annual Arbitration and ADR Conference (18 November 2020)

[Postponed] Tax Dispute Avoidance and Resolution: Current Policy Challenges, 6th Africa Tax Symposium, Trends in International Taxation – an African Perspective (20-22 May 2020, Arusha, Tanzania)

[Postponed] Resident Tutor, CIArb Diploma Course, Asia-Pacific region (28 March – 5 April 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

Previous Events


Guest Lecturer, UCT Faculty of Law, Technology and International Arbitration in Africa: opportunities and challenges (15 September 2020); Arbitration centres and arbitral practice in Africa: people, places, courts and institutions (20 October 2020)

Speaker, Corruption in International Arbitration, a webinar organised by the Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC) (1 October 2020)

Tutor, CIArb Virtual Diploma Course (4-27 September 2020)

Moderator, The New Age of Online Courts: Has the COVID-19 pandemic ushered an era to develop justice through virtual means? Commonwealth Secretariat, Rule of Law Webinar Series (15 September 2020). For more information on the Commonwealth Rule of Law Webinar Series, click here. For a recording of webinar, click here.

Speaker, Dealing with Investment Treaty Challenges in Africa, Inaugural Africa Arbitration Day, a webinar organised by the British Institution of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Queen Mary University of London, and Babcock University (3 September 2020). For a recording of the session, click here.

Speaker, State Responsibility for Actions Taken by States During the Covid-19 Pandemic, a webinar organised by VolterraFietta (6 August 2020) For an audio recording of the webinar, click here.

Moderator, LACIAC Live Debates, Motion: Virtual Hearings are Good for International Arbitration and Should be Mandated (30 July 2020) For a recording of the debate, click here.

An Introduction to the AFSA International Arbitration Rules, a webinar organised by the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (1 July 2020) For a recording of the webinar, click here.

Impact of Emergency Situations on Arbitration Hearings, A webinar organised by the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) (Tbilisi, Georgia) (21 May 2020) For a recording of the webinar, click here.

At home, around the world, In Conversation with Marion Smith QC and Lucy Greenwood (21 May 2020) For a recording of the conversation, click here.

Risk Mitigation and Efficient Dispute Resolution in Africa During Covid-19 and Beyond, a webinar organised by Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyer (Johannesburg, South Africa) (16 April 2020)

From Promise to Practice: How to Raise the Bar in International Arbitration Diversity, 11th Columbia Arbitration Day (6 March 2020, New York City, New York, USA)

ISDS Reform in Africa, the Future of International Arbitration, Seminar at Georgetown University Law Center (3 March 2020, Washington DC, USA)

Arbitral Institutions in Ten Years: Regional Challenges and Opportunities, HIALSA (Harvard International Arbitration Law Students’ Association) Conference (29 February 2020, Cambridge, MA, USA)

African States and the Reform of the Investor State Dispute Settlement System, Seminar at Loyola University Chicago School of Law (26 February 2020, Chicago, IL, USA)

New Challenges in Dispute Resolution: A View from the Bench and from Arbitrators, P.R.I.M.E Finance Conference (4 February 2020, The Hague, Netherlands)


Experts Roundtable on Court Transformation in Commonwealth Africa, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Mansfield College (22 November 2019, Oxford, UK)

International Adjudication and the Security Exceptions, Roundtable at International Economic Law and Security Interests Conference (14 November 2019, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

New Techniques in Investment Treaty Drafting: Their Use by States and Application by Tribunals, 9th Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference (10 October 2019, Prague, Czech Republic)

The Impact of the Singapore Convention on Mediation Practice, ICC YAF Event (5 October 2019, Accra, Ghana)

Will the rising cost of arbitration and the increasing complexity and depth of its rules hurt the arbitral process? ICC Ghana Arbitration Day (4 October 2019, Accra, Ghana)

Whereto International Arbitration in Africa? ICC Ghana International Arbitration Day (4 October 2019, Accra, Ghana)

When arbitration ceases to be adversarial and becomes inquisitorial: the plight of arbitrators seeking to reconcile due process and finding the relevant facts and law (moderator), IBA Annual Conference (23 September 2019, Seoul, South Korea)

Resident Tutor, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Diploma Course, (9-14 September 2019, University College Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom)

Have Societies for International Law Taken Stock of New Challenges and Adapted to Them? Second World Meeting of Societies of International Law (3 September 2019, The Hague, Netherlands)

Women in International Dispute Resolution, Johannesburg Society of Advocates Women’s Symposium (22 August 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa)

ISDS between Chinese Investors and African States in the Context of ISDS Reform, Inaugural China-Africa Law Forum (30 July 2019, Beijing, China)

Emergency Arbitrators in ICC Arbitration, 1st ICC Tanzanian Arbitration Day (18 July 2019, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Moderator, ICC Centenary Celebration: Stop the rise in inequality, (18 June 2019, Lagos, Nigeria)

IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration, African Arbitration Academy (13 June 2019)

International Justice Today: Unity or Fragmentation? The Hague Academy of International Law (8 April 2019, The Hague, Netherlands)

Game of Seats: Arbitral Institutions in Africa and the Quest for Ascendancy,Panel discussion hosted by White & Case during Paris Arbitration Week (4 April 2019, Paris, France)

Africa Rising: Key Trends in Arbitration Involving Africa,Panel discussion hosted by Freshfields during Paris Arbitration Week (3 April 2019, Paris, France)

Parallel Domestic Proceedings in Investor-State Arbitration,Panel discussion hosted by Debevoise & Plimpton during Paris Arbitration Week (2 April 2019, Paris, France)

Public Tenders and Arbitration: The African Experience,Panel discussion hosted by Hogan Lovells during Paris Arbitration Week (1April 2019, Paris, France)

Too fast, too slow, or just right? Duration, timing and timeliness in ICC arbitration (14 March 2019, Montréal, Canada)


The Development of International Arbitration in Africa: Reflections from the Frontlines, Keynote Address, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc., (22 November 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Institutional Arbitration Rules in Africa: A Comparative Introduction, Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (11 October 2018, Cape Town, South Africa)

Should there be general principles for the application of soft law? International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference 2018 (9 October 2018, Rome, Italy)

Moderator, Technology and the Arbitral Process, MIDS/Young ICCA/ICC YAF Conference (29 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland)

Is politicization of the appointment process a necessary characteristic of dispute settlement institutions established by multilateral treaties?  A debate at the MIDS 10th Anniversary Conference (28 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland)

Moderator, Arbitration War Stories, ICDR Young & International Seminar (26 September 2018, Geneva, Switzerland)

Moderator, Race and Gender in International Arbitration, SOAS/KIAC Conference 2018 (3 May 2018, Kigali, Rwanda)

Moderator, New Frontiers in International Arbitration: Potential of Arbitration Involving New Stakeholders, 24th ICCA Congress (18 April 2018, Sydney, Australia)

International Arbitration: A Brief Introduction, Middlesex University Mauritius LLM Programme (22 January 2018, Flic en Flac, Mauritius)


Balancing the Relationship Between the Courts and Arbitration, ICAMA 2017 Biannual African Arbitration Roundtable (24 October 2017, Abuja, Nigeria)

The Mauritian International Arbitration Project: Ten Lessons After Ten Years,Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (12 October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa)

Institutional Arbitration Rules: A Comparative Introduction, Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (12 October 2017, Cape Town, South Africa)

International Arbitration in Mauritius: Challenges and Opportunities, International Commercial Arbitration Conference (25 July 2017, Port Louis, Mauritius)

The Challenge of Complex Arbitrations: arbitration rules beyond the civil/common law divide, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), International Arbitration Conference 2017 (20 July 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on Investment in Oil & Gas Projects in Africa, International Bar Association, Investing in Africa Conference (22-23 June 2017, Paris, France)

Opportunities and Challenges for International Arbitration in Africa, UNCITRAL 50th Anniversary Conference (24-25 May 2017, Yaoundé, Cameroon)

Dispute Resolution in Tax Matters: is it time for a mandatory arbitration regime? International Fiscal Association (IFA) Africa/Asia Annual Conference, (18-19 May 2017, Flic en Flac, Mauritius)

The Role of African States and Governments in the Development of Arbitration in Africa,SOAS/CRCICA Arbitration in Africa Conference 2017 (3-5 April 2017, Cairo, Egypt)

Introduction to International Dispute Resolution, Lecture Series at the Financial Services Institute (Jan -Aug 2017, Ebène, Mauritius)


Arbitrating Asia-Africa Disputes, Southern Africa International Arbitration Conference (12-13 December 2016, Pretoria, South Africa)

The Role of Arbitral Institutions in the Development of International Arbitration in Africa, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration Conference (4-6 December 2016, Nairobi, Kenya)

Institutional Rules in International Arbitration, Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (6 October 2016, Cape Town, South Africa)

The Mauritian International Arbitration Project, Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town (6 October 2016, Cape Town, South Africa)

Judicial Support of International Arbitration in “Belt and Road” Countries, China Arbitration Summit 2016 (28-29 September 2016, Beijing, China)

Making Economies Work for Women in the South: What will it take? Why now? Expert Consultation for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (11 August 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa)

The Relationship Between the Judiciary and Domestic and Regional Arbitral Institutions, SOAS/Lagos Court of Arbitration (LCA) Arbitration in Africa Conference 2016 (23 June 2016, Lagos, Nigeria)

Unconscious Bias in International Arbitration, Arbitral Women Seminar (8 May 2016, Trou aux Biches, Mauritius)

Investor-State Dispute Settlement: Opportunities and Challenges for Africa and Beyond, YAP/ICC Colloquium (8 May 2016, Port Louis, Mauritius)

Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Africa: A Snapshot of Four Countries, 19th Annual IBA International Arbitration Day 2016 (4 March 2016, Shanghai, China)

Dispute resolution in Africa – Commercial and Investment Arbitration Issues, African Investment and Dispute Resolution Seminar organised by Mayer Brown and Jingtian & Gongcheng (1 March 2016, Beijing, China)

The Mauritian International Arbitration Project, ICCA 2016 Pre-Congress Roadshow (20 January 2016, Port Louis, Mauritius)


Panel Discussion on Arbitral Institutions, Casablanca Arbitration Days 2016 (11-12 December 2015, Casablanca, Morocco)

The Mauritian International Arbitration Project, ICCA 2016 Pre-Congress Roadshows (25 November 2015, Lagos, Nigeria; 14 October 2015, Douala, Cameroon; 16 September 2015, Nairobi, Kenya)

The Role of Local Counsel in International Arbitration Panel Discussion at Young ICCA Skills Training Workshop, (26 November 2016, Lagos, Nigeria)

The Role of Institutions in International Arbitration Involving African States, APAA Colloquium (15 October 2015, Douala, Cameroon)

Dispute Resolution in the Extractives Sector in East Africa, American Bar Association Africa Forum (4-5 June 2015, Nairobi, Kenya)

The Role of Different Stakeholders in Promoting Transparency in the Extractives Sector in Kenya, International Commission of Jurists Members Forum (8 May 2015, Nanyuki, Kenya)

Extractives in East Africa, Oxfam America, International Women’s Day Speaking Tour (February and March 2015, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Boston, USA)

2011 – 2014

Contract Analysis: The Kenyan Production Sharing Contract, Training Workshop (November 2014, Nairobi, Kenya)

Kenya’s Oil Boom: An Agenda for Reform (14 October 2014, Washington D.C., USA)

Kenya’s Emerging Oil and Gas Sector: Fostering Frameworks for Effective Governance, Chatham House(8 October 2014, London, UK)

Mapping Economic and Political Trends in the Extractives Sector in East Africa (8 September 2014, Nairobi, Kenya)

International Arbitration: What? How? Why? (17-21 June 2013, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Strategy Considerations in International Arbitration, Young ICCA Workshop (24 October 2012, Berlin, Germany)

Enforcing Awards under the New York Convention and an Introduction to Investment Arbitration South Texas College of Law (Houston, TX)

The Future of International Arbitration from the Perspective of a Young Practitioner, ICCA 50th Anniversary Conference(20 May 2011, Geneva, Switzerland)

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