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Ucheora Onwuamaegbu*

International Attorney
Uche is a consulting attorney in the firm’s International Trade practice.
Ucheora Onwuamaegbu, Attorney at Arent Fox

Uche regularly provides advisory services and acts as arbitrator in international disputes.

*Admitted as Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia. Admitted in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Previous Work

For more than a decade, Uche was Senior Counsel at the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), in Washington, DC. Prior to ICSID, he was a lawyer at the United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva, having been in private practice in Nigeria and the UK before that.

Professional Activities

Uche’s current practice focuses on international investment arbitration, commercial disputes, and advisory services. He advises the State of Kuwait’s multi-billion dollar National Focal Point for Environmental Remediation. Uche is on the Panel of Arbitrators for ICSID and various other arbitration institutions around the world. He has also served as arbitrator in disputes before ICSID, the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Uche has written and spoken extensively on disputes between governments and foreign investors around the world.

Recent Publications

Recent Presentations

  • Keynote Speaker, “Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Lecture,” Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference, Phoenix, AZ, January 17, 2020

  • “Proposals for better Compliance with Investor State Arbitration Awards.” Panel on ‘Current Issues in Compliance and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards’, 35th ICSID/ICDR-AAA/ICC Annual Joint Colloquium on International Arbitration, World Bank, Washington, DC, 7 December 2018

  • “Investment Arbitration involving African Parties - and the proposed changes to ICSID Rules,” CRCICA / Al Tamimi & Co Panel on Arbitration in Africa, Dubai Arbitration Week, 14 November 2018
  • “Substantive Provisions in Investment Treaties (FET, NT & MFN),” ICSID / CIGI Interactive Meeting of African Investment Treaty Negotiators, The World Bank, 28 September 2018
  • "The International Regime for Enforcing Rights of Foreign Investors in Emerging Economies," The MIDA Institutional Investor Advisory Council Meeting at NASP’s 29th Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference, Houston, Texas, June 2018
  • “ICSID, Investor-State Arbitration, and the UN Compensation Commission, International Economic Law, Business and Policy LLM Colloquium,”  Stanford Law School, April 2018
  • “Conducting International Arbitration in Africa,” Meeting of the International Arbitration Club of New York, December 2017
  • Panelist, “Legitimacy of the International Arbitration Process,” Institute for Transnational Arbitration workshop, Dallas, Texas, June 2017
  • Moderator,  “Perspectives of foreign counsel,” SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference Series: Rethinking the Role of Courts and Judges in supporting Arbitration in Africa, Lagos, June 2016
  • “A Developing Country perspective on the Changing landscape of Investor State Arbitration,” Panel on Investment Arbitration in Africa and Beyond: What Does the Future Hold?” ICCA Congress, Mauritius, 9 May 2016
  • “Legal Issues from the Implementation of KERP,” Conference on Environmental Effects of Armed Conflict - International Legal Dialogue – Middle East North Africa, Amman, Jordan,” 13 December 2015
  • Panelist, “Lessons for Africa from CETA, TPP, TTIP, and Beyond,” Annual Conference, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Abuja, Nigeria, November 3, 2015
  • Panelist, King's College London, Shearman & Sterling, and BIICL's Investment Treaty Forum, London, United Kingdom, October 29, 2015
  • Panelist, “Investor State Arbitration between Developed Democracies: A Policy under Challenge,” Center for International Governance Initiative, Ottawa, Canada, September 25, 2015
  • Panelist, “Refining ICSID’s Procedures,” Investment Treaty Forum of the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (BIICL), London, United Kingdom, September 10, 2015