2020 Arbitration in Africa Survey Report

The interview with Prof.Emilia Onyema, Fellow of the GRN ADR Think Tank Program and Professor of International Commercial Law at SOAS University of London, on her project “2020 Arbitration in Africa Survey Report” hosted by Bauyrzhan Zhanadilov, Junior Fellow of the GRN ADR Think Tank Program

Our Programme

The Think Tank Alternative Dispute Resolution focuses on salient issues of arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution processes arising regionally or globally through the establishment of an international network of legal practitioners and researchers to proffer new ideas on the development and promotion of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms as effective methods of resolving international disputes.

Programme Leads

Dr Emilia Onyema


SOAS University of London

Emilia Onyema is a Reader in International Commercial Law and Interim Pro-Director Learning and Teaching and teaches international commercial arbitration and international investment law at SOAS University of London. She is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, is a Solicitor in England & Wales, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrator and independent arbitrator.

Milica Arsic

Junior Fellow

Ph.D. candidate at the University of Belgrade

Milica is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Belgrade, specializing in Private International Law and AN Individual Partner of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention Academic Project.

She joined GRN in 2019 and she is an Associate of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Think Tank.

She graduated with honours from the same faculty and holds an LLM in International Commercial Arbitration. She researched European Private Law at the University of Salzburg in 2016.

Milica competed in the 23rd annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, where her team ranked in the top 16 out of 311 participating teams, and coached the Vismoot Team of the University of Belgrade from 2018 to 2020.

She has worked as an associate in a top-tier law firm in Serbia, has published six papers and is a member of Serbian Arbitration Association since 2018.

Bauyrzhan Zhanadilov

Junior Fellow

Lead for GRN Think Tank Programme in Alternative Dispute Resolution

Bauyrzhan is a young specialist with experience in legal research on international arbitration. During his education at the Pennsylvania State University, Penn State Law as an LL.M student, he worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Catherine Rogers on the project of the American Law Institute: “Restatement of the Law, the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investor-State Arbitration”. This institute focuses on a clarification of the U.S. law and its statutory elements, represents the law from the court’s view. His responsibilities are cite-checking, proof-reading and case analysis.

Bauyrzhan Zhanadilov holds an LL.B with honours from Sh.Ualikhanov Kokshetau State University (Kazakhstan).

Nino Goshkheteliani

Junior Fellow


Nino Goshkheteliani, currently an Information Security Officer at Bank of Georgia is an advocate in Georgia with considerable work experience. She holds an LL.B and an LL.M in Private Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University.

Prior to joining the team of Bank of Georgia, she worked as a lawyer at Deloitte & Touche where she primarily managed M&A transactions. She spent the early years of her career at Paine Stevens – a regional law firm advising on cross-border transactions subject to English law, and all aspects of commercial law in Georgia.

In an academic setting, she co-founded Tbilisi State University Moot Court Society, the first of its kind in Georgia. Through her work there, she initiated and participated in the preparation of the only publicly accessible Georgian text of the Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States.

Victor Ojeah

Junior Fellow


Victor Ojeah is an LL.M Candidate at Harvard Law School, where his research focuses on the international legal interventions applicable to the looming sovereign debt crisis in Africa.

Prior to Harvard, he practiced in a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria for three years. He is a former Scholar of the African Center of International Criminal Justice and founder of International Law Resource Africa – a platform that provides access to international law scholarship for African law students.

At Harvard, he is Vice President of the International Arbitration Society, Editor of the International Law Journal and the Negotiation Law Review.

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  • American Review of International Arbitration
  • Arbitration International
  • Collection of ICC Arbitral Awards
  • Collection of Procedural Decisions in ICC Arbitration 1993-1996
  • Dispute Resolution International;
  • ICC International Court of Arbitration Bulletin
  • ICCA Congress Series
  • Journal of International Arbitration
  • McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution
  • Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal
  • Transnational Dispute Management
  • Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration
  • World Arbitration and Mediation Review
  • World Trade and Arbitration Materials
  • Yearbook Commercial Arbitration