Dr. Rukia Baruti

 PhD (Hons), MA, LLB (Hons)

Tanzanian-born Dr. Rukia Baruti is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales with legal practising experience in litigation and international arbitration.  She specialises in international investment law.  She has been appointed as arbitrator, including as sole arbitrator, in international arbitrations.

Rukia is the founder of Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA), which she currently manages.  AILA is a not-for-profit organisation that works to enhance professional legal competence and promote recognition of international law expertise among African practitioners.  AILA’s flagship training programme is international investment law and arbitration.  

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.




  • International Investment Law
  • African Investment Laws
  • International Investment Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Public International Law