Hamid Abdulkareem and Farouk El – Hosseny will participate in a Young ITA (UK & Africa) and SOAS Seminar, on the topic, “Is international arbitration a friend or foe of the energy transition?”. The seminar will include a series of mini debates (with audience participation) aimed at assessing the role of international arbitration in facilitating a just and effective energy transition.

Farouk will speak on the panel alongside Naomi Tarawali (Cleary Gottlieb), Kamal Shah (Stephenson Harwood) and Dr Victoria Nalule (University of Bradford). Hamid will moderate the panel.

The seminar will take place on Tuesday 13 February 2024, 6:00pm to 8:00pm GMT at SOAS University of London.

To find out more and to register, click here.


Hamid, counsel in the London office, is an experienced arbitration practitioner and litigator, having regularly advised multinational companies on an extensive range of disputes, particularly within the energy and natural resources sector. He has played a lead role in multiple disputes arising from Nigeria’s deep offshore production sharing contracts, resulting in successful outcomes for his clients.

Hamid is a current Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Insolvency and International Arbitration Working Group, the Young Africa Chair for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, and a member of the Lagos Court of Arbitration’s Young Arbitrators Network’s Advisory Board. He previously served as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Arb40 subcommittee.


Farouk, a senior associate in our London office, advises clients on arbitrations governed by the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, and UNCITRAL rules, with a focus on complex commercial and investor-State disputes in the oil and gas and telecommunications sectors. He is often called upon by clients to provide strategic advice in respect to disputes raising matters of force majeure, taxation, international sanctions, and claims by competing governments.

In addition, Farouk has acted as arbitrator under in proceedings under the auspices of the ICC and PCA. He is a member of the ICC Bulletin Editorial Board.

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