Tanzanian-born Rukia Baruti, a solicitor qualified in England & Wales with legal practising experience in litigation and international arbitration regularly sits as arbitrator, both as sole arbitrator and as a member of a panel of three.  PhD candidate at the University of Geneva on the regional approach to regulating foreign investments in Southern and Eastern Africa.

Rukia is founder and Managing Director at Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA).   AILA is a not-for-profit organisation working to enhance legal professional competence and promote recognition of expertise in international economic laws and international arbitration among African practitioners. 

Prior to founding AILA, Rukia practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London.  She is a former Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Africa Users’ Council. She benefits from experience in the roles of Counsel, Arbitrator and Secretary to the Tribunal in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules including ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC and the LCIA Rules.  She also has a well-rounded knowledge of public international law and international relations gained from her postgraduate studies. Rukia was listed in The Lawyer ‘Hot 100’ in recognition of her pro-bono work with International Lawyers for Africa, an initiative to train African lawyers in London.


My expertise


  • International Investment Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Public International Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Capacity Building
  • Leadership/People Management


Rukia Baruti

MA LLB (Hons) MCIArb

International Arbitrator/Lawyer