Notes on contributors
in African perspectives in international investment law

Notes on contributors

Victor Adetula is Head of Research at the Nordic Africa Institute, Sweden, and Professor of International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Jos, Nigeria.

Collins C. Ajibo holds both an LLM and PhD in international business and commercial law from the University of Manchester, and is currently a lecturer in law, at the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. He is a member of many professional affiliations, including the African Society of International Law (AfSIL), the Society of Legal Scholars, among others. He acts as the External Consultant for the publishing outfit of the African Development Bank (African Development Review). Dr Collins has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, cutting across different areas of international business law. He has also delivered papers in diverse areas of international business law, particularly international investment law.

Jean d’Aspremont is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Manchester, where he founded the Manchester International Law Centre (MILC). He also is Professor of International Legal Theory at the University of Amsterdam. He is General Editor of the Cambridge Studies in International and Comparative Law and co-Editor-in-Chief of Oxford International Organizations (OXIO). He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Journal of International Law and Series Editor of the Melland Schill Studies in International Law. He has acted as counsel in proceedings before the International Court of Justice. Professor d’Aspremont has published widely in the field of international law, having authored several books and edited volumes, as well as more than 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Some of his articles have been translated into several languages including Spanish, Hindi and Persian. He has delivered more than 100 talks in academic institutions around the world over the last 10 years.

Mahamat Atteib is a lecturer at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, where he is preparing a joint doctoral thesis in law with the University of Geneva. For several years now, he has been interested in regulating extractive activities in Africa and the rest of the world in its theoretical and practical aspects. He is the author of Stabilization Clauses in Mining and Oil Contracts. Analysis of Legal and Fiscal Aspects in the Light of Positive Chadian Law (Saarbrücken: European University Publishing, 2013), p. 136.

Francis N. Botchway is a professor of law and Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at the College of Law, Qatar University, where he also served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for five years. He obtained law degrees from leading universities in Ghana, Canada, the United States of America (US) and the United Kingdom (UK). He teaches and researches in international investment law, international law, natural resources law, comparative law, and arbitration and negotiations. He also taught at the University of Warwick School of Law for six years and briefly at the University of Hull, both in the UK. Formerly, he was Adjunct Professor at Leuven University in Belgium, Assistant Professor/Lecturer at the University of Warwick, and Visiting Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. He is a consultant on TradeLab, providing legal services to governments, non-governmental organizations and businesses. He is consulted by law firms in the UK and the US on litigation, arbitration as well as international business transactions. He has published books and dozens of articles in leading international journals in Europe, the US, Australia, Asia and Africa. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Journal of Comparative Law and served as Vice President of AfSIL for six years. His latest edited book is entitled Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development. His forthcoming book is entitled Defences in International Investment Law, to be published by Routledge, UK.

Laurence Boisson de Chazournes is a professor of international law at the University of Geneva School of Law. Her writings and practice cover various fields such as international economic law, international dispute settlement, international environmental law and the law of international organizations. She is a recognized practitioner for her role as an advisor to many international organizations, States, and non-State entities both public and private, as well as being an arbitrator and counsel in various dispute settlement fora. Professor Boisson de Chazournes is an associate member of Matrix. She advises and litigates on a wide range of international law issues. She has served as Chairperson of WTO arbitration panels on pre-shipment inspections, as an arbitrator for the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitration fora, such as the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). She has also acted as counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and in other fora. She is a member of the PCA, the WTO indicative list of governmental and non-governmental panelists, a member of the ICSID Panel of Conciliators, the list of arbitrators under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the list of arbitrators of the French Arbitration Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the general list of arbitrators of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and the Panel of Experts for the Trade and Sustainable Development Chapter of the EU–Korea Free Trade Agreement. She has been a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee since 2011. Between 1995 and 1999 she was Senior Counsel to the World Bank.

Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja is a senior lecturer in law at The University of Western Australia Law School and Research Fellow, African Public Procurement Law Unit, Department of Mercantile Law, Stellenbosch University South Africa. He previously worked at the University of Manchester Law School in the UK as a postdoctoral research associate. He also served as a lecturer in law at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and practised law in both public and private institutions in Ghana. His teaching and research interests include company law, contract law, international commercial law, international investment law and arbitration, international trade law and public procurement law. Dr Dagbanja is the author of The Law of Public Procurement in Ghana: Law, Policy and Practice (Saarbrücken: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing AG & Co. Kg, 2011) and has published articles in reputable peer-reviewed journals, including African Journal of International and Comparative Law, Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law, Journal of African Law, Transnational Legal Theory and The Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. Dr Dagbanja holds the following degrees: BA (Hons), University of Ghana, 2000; LLB (Hons), University of Ghana, 2003; Qualifying Certificate and Certificate of Enrolment on the Roll of Lawyers, Ghana School of Law, 2005; LLM in transnational business practice, University of the Pacific, USA, 2008; LLM in government procurement law, George Washington University, USA, 2009; and PhD in law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2016.

Mohamed Salem Abou El Farag is Associate Professor of Law and Assistant Professor of Law at Cairo University, and Manager of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Office, Qatar University.

Tarcisio Gazzini is Professor of Law at the University of East Anglia. Between 2014 and 2017 he was responsible for the research project ‘Foreign Investment in Africa: Gaining Development Momentum’ supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and jointly run by the Universities of Lausanne and Geneva. He has previously taught at the Universities of Padua, Glasgow and VU University Amsterdam. He is a member of the International Law Association Committee on the Role of International Law in Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Development. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the book series International Investment Law published by Brill Nijhoff. His publications include The Interpretation of International Investment Treaties (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2016).

Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu is a professor of international economic law and Head of the University of Manchester Law School. Before coming to Manchester, he was a senior researcher and a programme coordinator on global trade and regional integration at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) in Uppsala, Sweden. He is regularly consulted by many governments, regional organizations and United Nations agencies on international trade and investment law. He has published broadly on international trade law, especially in the area of dispute resolution. Some of his publications include: ‘ICSID Annulment Procedure and the WTO Appellate System: The Case for an Appellate System for Investment Arbitration’ 6 (2) (2015) Journal of International Dispute Settlement, 308–31; The Political Economy of WTO Implementation and China’s Approach to Litigation in the WTO (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016).

Olugbemi Jaiyebo is Senior Lecturer at the College of Law, Osun State University, Ifetedo, Nigeria. He is enrolled as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and is admitted to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Judicial Department, and the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

Maurice Kamto is a professor of international law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Yaounde 2, Soa, Cameroon. Professor Kamto has published several books and over fifty peer-reviewed articles. He was a member of the International Law Commission (ILC) of the United Nations from 1999 to 2016, as well as Special Rapporteur of the ILC on the subject ‘Expulsion of aliens’ from 2004 to 2016. He has been led Counsel to many countries before the ICJ. He successfully led the Cameroonian delegation during the negotiations to resolve the matter of Bakassi, a peninsula disputed with neighbouring Nigeria. His contribution was instrumental in Cameroon winning the case. He is a member of the Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law.

Alicia Köppen is a PhD candidate within the Intlaw Research Group ‘The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?’. She finished her law studies which she conducted in Bonn, Paris and Berlin in 2015 after successfully passing her first exams. She also holds a Bachelors degree in political science from the University of Bonn, obtained in 2009. In the course of her law studies she specialized in public international law. She took part in the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in international law as a participant, coach and judge. Since November 2014, she has been part of the service team of the Voelkerrechtsblog, a blog on international law and international legal thought.

Richard Albert Makon Ma Mbeb is a lecturer and research associate at the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon. He obtained his PhD in public law from the University of Yaoundé II on 10 December 2016. He teaches public international law at the Faculty of Law and Political Science (FLPS) at the University of Yaoundé II. He has been an expert/consultant in the setting up, analysis and evaluation of research and development projects since 2010. He is also a specialist in investment law. He has been a consultant at Media & Law Conseils (MLC) since 2015, specializing in investment law, mining, oil and gas law, public-private partnership law and public procurement law.

Makane Moïse Mbengue is Associate Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. Professor Mbengue is also a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po Paris (School of Law). He holds a PhD in public international law from the University of Geneva. He acts as a professor for courses in international law organized by the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) and by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Professor Mbengue acts as counsel in disputes before international courts and tribunals.

Justice Osei-Afriyie is Assistant Lecturer in Law at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. He holds a degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Ghana and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Master of Laws (LLM) from Queen Mary University of London. Before joining KNUST Faculty of Law, he was a teaching instructor for the LLM programme at the University of Liverpool, where he taught legal methodology, foreign investment law and the law of the World Trade Organization (WTO). His main areas of research interests are in jurisprudence and legal theory, public law, international economic law and international investment law. Currently, he teaches jurisprudence and the Ghanaian legal system and method, and is also in charge of examinations, at the KNUST Faculty of Law.

Stefanie Schacherer is a dual PhD candidate in international public law at the University of Vienna and the University of Geneva. She is specialized in international and European investment law. Her research focuses in particular on investment and trade agreements concluded by the European Union and their nexus with sustainable development. Mrs Schacherer holds a Masters degree in international and European law from the University of Geneva, as well as an LLM in international business law from King’s College London. She is currently working as a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva. She has been working with Professor Makane Moïse Mbengue on the elaboration of the Pan-African Investment Code (PAIC).

Alain-Guy Sipowo holds a doctorate in Law from Laval University (LLD, 2014). His dissertation on the International Criminal Court and the protection of secrets won the René Cassin Thesis Prize from the International Institute of Human Rights in 2015. He is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, and has conducted postdoctoral research on the responsibility of multinational corporations for human rights violations abroad. He is now a consultant with a Montreal law firm and Deputy Secretary General for AfSIL Canada.


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