Dr. Rukia Baruti

 PhD (Hons), MA, LLB (Hons)

International Arbitrator/INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW EXPERT

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Recent Arbitration Engagements

  • Sole Arbitrator

  • Arbitrator in a Panel of Three


Available for Engagement as

  • Arbitrator in commercial and investment disputes
  • International Investment Law Consultant/Expert
  • Investment Laws in Africa Consultant/Expert
  • Speaker in international investment law, investment arbitration and commercial arbitration
  • Training/Conference Organiser in any areas of international law, including international investment law and international investment arbitration


Publications


  • TDM, April 2017, 'Available Remedies in Investment Arbitration: Is there a need for explicit provision in Investment Treaties'
  • Journal of World Trade & Investment 18 (2017), 'Investment Facilitation in Regional Economic Integration in Africa: The Cases of COMESA, EAC and SADC'
  • SOAS Online Research, April 2017, Shaping Investment Arbitration: 'The Experiences of COMESA and SADC' in 'The Role of African States and Governments in Supporting the Development of Arbitration in Africa' 
  • ICCA Congress Paper (forthcoming), ‘International Arbitration, The Making of a Safe Seat in Africa
  • Book Chapter (forthcoming), ‘Human Rights, International Investment Law and Transparency’ (co-author with Laurence Boisson de Chazournes)
  • BCDR International Arbitration Review June 2015, 'Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration: An Incremental Approach'
  • The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2015, 'Introduction'
  • MIDAA Sept 2013, 'Africa and the Investment Treaty Process'
  • Kluwerblog.com, 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?’
  • Legalweek.com, 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’


Conference Speeches and Colloquiums 

  • 'Hot Topics in Investment Arbitration', Opening Remarks, AILA Conference, Lagos, 2017
  • 'Investment Arbitration in Africa – is it a trap or an opportunity? The Pan-African and Regional Perspectives', Africa & International Arbitration Conference, White & Case, Paris, 2017
  • ‘Shaping Investment Arbitration: The Experience of COMESA and SADC’, Panellist, SOAS Conference on The Role of African States and Governments in the Development of Arbitration in Africa, Cairo, 2017
  • ‘A Paradigm Shift in International Investment Law – Rethinking Investment Treaties’, Panel Chair, AILA and University of Geneva Conference, Cairo, 2017
  • ‘Available Remedies in Investment Arbitration’, Contributor, OGEMID Virtual Seminar on Damages in Investment Arbitration, 2016
  • ‘Investment Promotion and Protection in the East African Community: Trends and Prospects’, Panellist, AILA and University of Geneva Conference and Training, Dar-es-salaam, 2016
  • ‘Training and Recognition of African Lawyers – The AILA Project’, Panellist, SOAS Conference on Rethinking the Role of Courts and Judges in Supporting Arbitration in Africa, Lagos, 2016
  • 'Arbitration in Africa', Panel Chair, ICC Africa Regional Conference, Lagos, 2016 
  • ‘Spotlight on Africa: Perspectives on Arbitration’, Panellist, ICCA Congress, 2016
  • ‘Investment Facilitation in COMESA, EAC and SADC’, Panellist, University of Geneva and University of Lausanne, 5th Expert Seminar on Contemporary Perspectives on International Investment Law, Geneva, 2016
  • ‘The standards of protection under investment treaties: Is greater clarity required? Panellist, ICC Paris, 2015
  • ‘Implications of a Regional Approach to the Regulation of Foreign Investment in Southern and Eastern Africa: The COMESA and SADC Experience’, Panellist, Geneva Talks, Geneva, 2015
  • 'Motivations for a Regional Approach to the Regulation of Foreign Investment in East Africa' Panellist, East African Arbitration Conference, Dar-es-Salaam, 2015
  • 'Opportunities in Investor-State Arbitration', Panellist, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria Branch Annual Conference, Lagos, 2014
  • 'Striking the legitimate balance between Host-State sovereignty and Investor needs: Perspectives from and regarding Africa', Panel Chair at the ATLAS Atlanta Conference, 2014
  • 'International Investment Law: Historical Background, Policy Objectives and Issues', Trainer, AILA training, London, 2014
  • ‘African States and the Use of Investment Arbitration', Panellist, ICAMA African Roundtable, Abuja, 2014 
  • ‘Investment Arbitration vs. Commercial Arbitration – Differences and Similarities’, Panellist, CILS International Arbitration Symposium, Austria, 2014
  • ‘Ethical Standards in Investment Arbitration: Challenges in Practice’, Moderator, Lunch Seminar, AAA, Miami 2014
  • ‘AILA, Its Role and Prospects’, Speaker, 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? Panellist, Kuramo Conference, Lagos, Nigeria, 2012
  • ‘Institutional Arbitration in Africa: LCIA/ICC Experience’, Speaker, ALN and Stephenson Harwood Seminar, London 2012
  • ‘The Regionalization of Investment Treaties’ Panel Chair, 19th Investment Treaty Forum, London, 2012
  • 'Is Africa Confronting Its Challenges on International Arbitration’ Speaker, Institute of Cultural Diplomacy Conference on the African Union and Cultural Diplomacy, London, 2012
  • 'Getting the Basics Right', Speaker, LCIA African Users' Council Symposium, Accra, Ghana, 2010
  • 'Choice of law in arbitration - C v. D', Speaker, SJ Berwin LLP, London, 2009
  • 'Arbitration Awards and Limitation Periods - National Ability SA v Tinna Oils & Chemicals Ltd', Speaker, SJ Berwin LLP, London 2008
  • 'Confidentiality in Arbitration - Michael Wilson & Partners Ltd v Emmott', Speaker, SJ Berwin LLP, London 2008
  • 'The social responsibility of lawyers', Speaker, Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference, Nairobi, Kenya, 2007
  • 'Jurisdiction of the Tribunal - Lesotho Highlands v Impregilo SpA & Ors', Speaker, SJ Berwin LLP, London 2006


Professional Affiliations


  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • Institute of Legal Executives
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Lagos Court of Arbitration
  • Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Law Association – British Branch


Education and Qualifications


  • University of Geneva, PhD (Cum Laude)
  • 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