2020 applicants

Dorcas Taiwo

GTA (Blended Learning)
Human Resources - Organisational Development
Graduate Teaching Assistant
School of Law
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Dorcas Taiwo


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


  • LLM International Commercial Law University College London (2015)

  • BL Nigerian Law School (2012)

  • LLB University of Lagos (2011)

Research and professional activities


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

Supervisor: Onyeka Osuji , Anil Yilmaz Vastardis




Colchester Campus