Tanzanian-born Rukia Baruti is founder and Managing Director at Africa International Legal Awareness (AILA).   AILA is a not-for-profit organisation working to build legal professional competence among African practitioners and practitioners from other developing countries by promoting the study and development of international economic law with a core focus on investment treaty law and international arbitration.  Prior to founding AILA, Rukia practised law at SJ Berwin’s International Arbitration Group in London.  She also holds the position of Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Africa Users’ Council.  She sits as arbitrator both as sole arbitrator and as a member of a panel of three.  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.

Recent Engagements

•    Sole Arbitrator - a South African company and a Nigerian company - engineering and project management agreements
•    Consultant - Kluwer Law International
•    Consultant – LCIA
•    Arbitrator in LCIA Arbitration - a Netherlands company and a Tanzanian company  - exclusivity agreement - anti-trust issues
•    Arbitrator in LCIA Arbitration - an Australian company and a BVI company - services agreement
•    Arbitrator in LCIA Arbitration - English company and the State Trading Corporation of India - demurrage issues


•, 4 Nov 2011, ‘Is Africa Finally Confronting Its Challenges on Investment Treaty Arbitration’
•    In-House Lawyer, March/April 2009 ‘Challenging an award: Subsection 68(2) (d) Elucidated’
•    In-House Lawyer, December/January 2009 ‘Confidentiality in International Arbitration
•    Commercial Litigation Journal, November/December 2008 “Justice trumps confidentiality'
•    Sans Frontières, Issue 6, 2008 - ‘Dubai: An International Arbitration Jurisdiction
•    Sans Frontières, Issue 5, 2007 - ‘The social responsibility of lawyers - Instilling a pro bono culture
•    ASA Special Series 29, September 2007: ‘Reopening the case after the hearing - to what extent and under what circumstances should it be allowed?’
•, 26 Oct 2006 – ‘Africa: Bringing out the Best
•    Journal of International Arbitration, Vol. 22 (6) 2005 issue: ‘Provisions for the resolution of investment disputes within ASEAN: The First Award and its implications for ASEAN’s legal framework’

Speeches and Presentations

•    ‘AILA, Its’ Role and Prospects’, Lunch seminar, King & Spalding, New York, 2013
•    ‘Non-African parties freely select African governing laws but often reject African seats of Arbitration – the need for change?, Kuramo Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, 2012
•    ‘Institutional Arbitration in Africa: LCIA/ICC Experience’, ALN and Stephenson Harwood Seminar, London 2012
•    ‘The Regionalization of Investment Treaties’ Panel Chair at the 19th Investment Treaty Forum, London, 2012
•    'Is Africa Confronting Its Challenges on International Arbitration’ – Institute of Cultural Diplomacy Conference on the African Union and Cultural Diplomacy, London, 2012
•    'Getting the Basics Right' - LCIA African Users' Council Symposium, Accra, Ghana, 2010
•    'Choice of law in arbitration - C v. D' - SJ Berwin LLP, London, 2009
•    'Arbitration Awards and Limitation Periods - National Ability SA v Tinna Oils & Chemicals Ltd' - SJ Berwin LLP, London 2008
•    'Confidentiality in Arbitration - Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Emmott' - SJ Berwin LLP, London 2008
•    'The social responsibility of lawyers' - Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 2007
•    'Jurisdiction of the Tribunal - Lesotho Highlands v Impregilo SpA & Ors' - SJ Berwin LLP, London 2006

Professional Affiliations

•    Member of the Law Society of England & Wales
•    Member of the Institute of Legal Executives
•    Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
•    LCIA Africa Users Council
•    International Law Association – British Branch

Education and Qualifications

•    BPP Law School, PGDip Legal Practice Course
•    University of Westminster, PGDip Institute of Legal Executives
•    University of London, First Class (Hons) LL.B
•    University of Westminster, MA Diplomatic Studies
•    University of London, Graduate Diploma, International Studies