Dorcas Taiwo

Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
GTA (Blended Learning)
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Dorcas Taiwo


Ask me about
  • Commercial law; Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution; International private law


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). She is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). Publications include: Oluwafikunayo D Taiwo, 'The Restrictive Approach to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings and Its Unintended Consequences in Nigeria' (2020) 37(2) Journal of International Arbitration 271-288 Fikayo Taiwo, 'Nigerias Rules on Party Representation in Arbitration Proceedings: A Clog in the Wheel to Attraction?' (Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 22 August 2019) Conference presentations include: Queen Mary University Postgraduate legal research annual conference June, 2019 - 'Liberal and Restrictive Approaches to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings: A Case of the Unintended Consequences of Nigerias Arbitration Rules' (repeat presentation) Socio Legal Studies Association (SLSA) annual conference April, 2019 - Liberal and Restrictive Approaches to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings: A Case of the Unintended Consequences of Nigerias Arbitration Rules (Civil Justice Systems and ADR stream) University of Essex School of Law Research Students annual conference May, 2018 - 'International Arbitration as a Tool for Economic Development: A Case Study of Nigeria's Aviation Sector'


  • LLM International Commercial Law University College London (2015)

  • BL Nigerian Law School (2012)

  • LLB University of Lagos (2011)

Research and professional activities


Working Title - An incremental approach to developing a solid legal and institutional framework for construction arbitration: A case study on Nigeria

Supervisor: Onyeka Osuji , Anil Yilmaz Vastardis

Research interests

Commercial law, Construction law, Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution



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