Following 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), International journalist Jennigay Coetzer has written a piece on the key themes explored in the webinar. The speakers at the event included Constantine Partasides QC, Kathryn Khamsi, and Hamid Abdulkareem.

The article, “Partners Forecast Spike in East Africa Energy Litigation and Arbitration”, looks at the potential triggers for disputes discussed on the webinar, such as the deployment of renewable energy, decommissioning obligations, and the introduction of new regulatory frameworks to deal with the energy transition. It also addresses carbon credits and how these present both an economic opportunity for Africa and fertile ground for disputes.

To read the article, click here.

To find out more about the webinar, which took place on Wednesday 30 March, click here.


Constantine, a founding partner of the firm based in our London office, is recognised in all major directories and publications. Chambers UK list him as a “Star Individual” in International Arbitration—one of only two lawyers with this ranking, he was named in the “Hall of Fame” for International Arbitration in the 2022 edition The Legal 500 UK, and has been ranked as one of the “Top 20” individuals in the world of commercial arbitration every year since 2011 by Who’s Who Legal.

Constantine is a co-author of the fourth, fifth, and sixth editions of the leading textbook on international arbitration, “Redfern and Hunter on International Arbitration”. He is a Member of the ICCA Governing Board and a Director of the LCIA Board.

Constantine is a solicitor-advocate (Higher Courts Civil) and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2014. He was educated at King’s College, London, and Cambridge University.


Kathryn, a partner in the Paris office of Three Crowns, acts for States and corporate clients in all types of disputes, including investment treaty and commercial. She is particularly sought after in high value disputes that raise complex issues of fact and law. Kathryn also sits as arbitrator and was recently appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators. She publishes and speaks regularly on arbitration and international law – including, most recently, on emissions trading schemes. Kathryn works in English and French, and is qualified in Paris, New York and Ontario.

Clients have commended her “grasp of the technical detail, and her ability to identify and articulate game-changing arguments”, and she is recommended by ChambersWho’s Who Legal and The Legal 500.


Hamid, counsel in the London office, is an experienced arbitration practitioner and litigator, having regularly advised multinational companies on an extensive range of disputes. He 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.

Hamid has been recognised in Who’s Who Legal: Future Leaders for Arbitration and as a National Leader for arbitration in Nigeria, having been described as “a very smart and skilful advocate, one of the best of his generation” and “an excellent an incredibly hard-working attorney who has established himself as the go-to for arbitration in his region”. He is also ranked in The Legal 500 for dispute resolution.

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