Jacob Omorodion and Thomas Dauvillier recently authored an article on investor-State disputes from the perspective of African States for the International Bar Association’s journal, Business Law International. The article follows the webinar, “The Future of East African Energy and Infrastructure Disputes”, hosted by Three Crowns LLP and the Africa Energy Arbitrators’ Forum (AEA) of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC).

The article, “What Africa Wants: African State Responses and Solutions for Investor-State Dispute Resolution”, explores African States’ perspectives relating to investor-State dispute dynamics and frameworks that align with the African continent’s needs. They consider African initiatives and innovations relating to arbitral institutions, perspectives on investment treaty-making and law-making, and the implications of these dynamics in relation to the Investment Protocol of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

To read the article, click here.

Jacob and Thomas have also authored articles on the future of infrastructure and energy disputes in Global Arbitration Review and African Law & Business as well as on the Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa in Le Monde du Droit and PLC Arbitration Blog.


Jacob is an associate in the Washington, DC office. He has experience acting on a range of disputes, particularly within the infrastructure, energy, and intellectual property sectors. Jacob has particular experience dealing with disputes arising out of Africa, Latin America, and East and Central Asia.

Jacob holds a JD from Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal of his graduating class and President of the Harvard International Arbitration Law Students Association. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford and a First Class Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University. Jacob also maintains an active pro bono practice.


Thomas is an associate in the Paris office. He has experience in a number of contentious and non-contentious procedures in commercial arbitration in relation to the energy, aeronautics, construction and banking sectors, primarily in Europe and Africa. Thomas is also well versed in investment arbitration with a focus on mining, and has experience of annulment proceedings before the French courts.

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