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Ucheora Onwuamaegbu*

International Attorney
Uche is a consulting attorney in the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution 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. He was involved, as Secretary or Team Leader, in over 70 cases in various economic sectors, including oil, gas, and mining, construction, agriculture, finance, and tourism; and was a core member of the 2016 ICSID Rules amendment team. Prior to ICSID, he was a lawyer at the United Nations Compensation Commission, Geneva, working on various types of claims, including a consolidated case of over 500,00 migrant workers for lost remittances; as well as claims by Airlines and shipping companies, as well as banks and insurance companies. He was in domestic law practice in London 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. A member of the Board of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center, and of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, 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, Global launch of Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers, January 18, 2021
  • Panelist, Washington Arbitration Week Panel on Energy & the Environment in International Arbitration, December 2,  2020
  • Moderator, AAA-ICDR Tertulia on the proposed changes to the ICDR International Arbitration Rules, December 1 and 2, 2020
  • Moderator, 2nd Live Debate of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) on the motion: Investor-State Dispute Settlement is better for Africa and the Middle East than State-to-State Dispute Settlement, October 30, 2020
  • Conference on African Courts and International Arbitration: Benevolent Eye or Cautious Approach? Center on International Commercial Arbitration, American University Washington College of Law, October 8, 2020
  • Treaty & Contract Claims; Fork in the Road and Waiver Provisions; Umbrella Clauses, ILI-ACLE, ICSID Program on Investor State Arbitration, September 28, 2020
  • 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