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Dorcas Taiwo

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Dorcas Taiwo

Profile

Ask me about
  • Commercial law; Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution; International private law; International investment law; Development; Economic growth; Nigerian law

Biography

Fikayo is a doctoral candidate at the University of Essex School of Law focusing her research on international commercial arbitration and economic growth. She presently works as a teaching assistant on modules including LW105 Academic, Legal and Professional Skills. Prior to resuming her research at Essex, Fikayo qualified as a first class barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and spent over five years working as a dispute resolution associate in Lagos, Nigeria with law firms including Aluko & Oyebode and Wole Olanipekun & Co. where she was part of teams responsible for resolving complex legal issues in areas including arbitration, telecommunications law, debt recoveries and electoral law on behalf of both private and government clients. She also obtained a distinction on a Masters degree in International Commercial Law from University College, London where she was awarded the John Carr Scholarship for Students from Africa and the Caribbean as well as the 8 New Square LLM Prize for Excellence in the Law of Copyright and Designs. In addition, she obtained a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Lagos where she graduated in the top five percentile of her class. Fikayo is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK).

Qualifications

  • LLM International Commercial Law University College London (2015)

  • BL Nigerian Law School (2012)

  • LLB University of Lagos (2011)

Research and professional activities

Thesis

Working Title - International Arbitration as a Tool for Economic Growth: A Case Study of Nigeria

The primary concern of this research is the attractiveness of Nigeria as a seat of international arbitration. This research investigates the reasons behind the perception that Nigeria is not an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction while examining the impact, if any, of this on the Nigerian economy.

Supervisor: Onyeka Osuji

Contact

fikayo.taiwo@essex.ac.uk

Location:

Colchester Campus