Dr Fikayo Taiwo

Essex Law School
Dr Fikayo Taiwo
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    +44 (0) 1206 872559

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    4SB.4.5, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesdays 12 - 1pm Thursdays 10 - 11am



Fikayo is a lecturer at Essex Law School focusing her research on international law and commercial dispute resolution. Her PhD research, which was fully funded by the University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship, examined the intersection between access to justice and international arbitration. Prior to resuming her PhD at Essex, Fikayo was admitted as a first-class barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and subsequently gained broad experience in business law and commercial dispute resolution practice, and executed legal compliance related functions as an associate with top tier Nigerian law firms including Aluko & Oyebode. She was part of teams responsible for resolving complex legal issues in areas including arbitration, telecommunications law and debt recoveries on behalf of both private and government clients. She also obtained a distinction on a Master’s 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 Bachelor’s 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 and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


  • LLM University College London, (2015)

  • LLB University of Lagos, (2011)

  • BL Nigerian Law School, (2012)

  • PhD University of Essex, (2022)


Other academic

  • Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (1/9/2021 - present)

  • Assistant Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (8/10/2018 - 31/8/2021)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Resolution of commercial disputes

Key words: Settlement of international commercial disputes
Open to supervise

Access to Justice

Open to supervise

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Open to supervise

International Commercial Arbitration

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Contract Law (LW101)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • International Trade Law (LW327)

  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (LW605)

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (LW966)


Journal articles (1)

TAIWO, D., (2020). The Restrictive Approach to Legal Representation in Arbitration Proceedings and its Unintended Consequences in Nigeria. Journal of International Arbitration. 37 (2), 271-288

Book chapters (1)

Osuji, O. and TAIWO, D., (2021). Contextual Centrality of Institutional Arbitration Framework for AU Legal Order. In: The Emergent African Union Law Conceptualization, Delimitation, and Application. Editors: Amao, O., Olivier, M. and Magliveras, K., . Oxford University Press. 0198862156. 9780198862154

Other (1)

TAIWO, D., (2019).Nigeria’s Rules on Party Representation in Arbitration Proceedings: A Clog in the Wheel to Attraction?. Kluwer Arbitration Blog,Kluwer Arbitration Blog

Grants and funding


World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Process, Access to Justice and Sustainable Development: Any Lessons for AfCFTA?

Young European Research Universities (YERUN)

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4SB.4.5, Colchester Campus

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Wednesdays 12 - 1pm Thursdays 10 - 11am

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