SOAS University of London

School of Law

Emilia Onyema

LLB (Nigeria) LLM, PhD (London)
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Emilia Onyema
Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (L&SS)

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching

School of Law

LLM and MA Dispute & Conflict Resolution Convenor

Dr Emilia Onyema
Email address:
+44 (0)20 7898 4717
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Office No:
Office Hours:
Tuesday 11:30- 13:30
On Sabbatical:
Term 1, 2 & 3 (2016/17)



Emilia's areas of research and consultancy are:

  • International arbitration (commercial and investment)
  • OHADA law
  • Commercial contracts
  • International sale of goods
  • International carriage of goods
  • Nigerian customary laws


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Available for
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Press
  • Briefings
  • Special Study Programmes
  • Short Term Consultancy
  • Long Term Consultancy
Regional Expertise
  • Africa
Country Expertise
  • Ghana
  • Nigeria


Authored Books

Onyema, Emilia (2010) International Commercial Arbitration and the Arbitrator's Contract. London and New York: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Book Chapters

Onyema, Emilia (2016) 'The Interface between Domestic Courts and Arbitral Tribunals.' In: ICCA Congress Series. The Hague; London; New York: Kluwer Law International. (Forthcoming)

Onyema, Emilia (2013) 'International Arbitration in the West African States.' In: Bosman, Lise, (ed.), Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner's Guide. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, pp. 99-141.

Onyema, Emilia (2013) 'Country Profile: Nigeria.' In: Bosman, Lise, (ed.), Arbitration in Africa: a Practitioner's Guide. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International, pp. 163-170.

Onyema, Emilia and Ayinla, Oluwaseye (2012) 'Online Negotiation and Mediation.' In: Azinge, Epiphany and Ani, Chinyere, (eds.), Principles of Negotiation and Mediation. NIALS Press, Abuja, Nigeria: Nigerian Institute of Advanced legal Studies, pp. 96-140.

Onyema, Emilia (2008) 'Formalities of the Enforcement Procedure (Articles III & IV).' In: Gaillard, Emmanuel and Domenico, Di Pietro, (eds.), Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements and International Arbitral Awards: The New York Convention in Practice. London: Cameron May, pp. 597-612.

Journal Articles

Onyema, Emilia (2015) 'IPCO v NNPC Saga and liability of Nigerian Legal System.' The Guardian Newspaper, Nigeria.

Onyema, Emilia (2014) 'Regional Arbitration Institution for ECOWAS: Lessons from OHADA Common Court of Justice and Arbitration.' International Arbitration Law Review, 17 (5). pp. 99-111. (Forthcoming)

Onyema, Emilia (2013) 'The Multi-door Court House (MDC) Scheme in Nigeria: A case study of the Lagos MDC.' Apogee Journal of Business, Property & Constitutional Law, 2 (7). pp. 96-130.

Onyema, Emilia (2012) 'The New Ghana ADR Act 2010: A Critical Overview.' Arbitration International, 28 (1). pp. 101-124.

Onyema, Emilia (2010) 'Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Sub-Sahara Africa.' Arbitration International, 26 (1). pp. 115-138.

Onyema, Emilia (2010) 'A Critique of the new 2009 Arbitration Law of Lagos State.' Apogee Journal of Business, Property & Constitutional Law, 2 (5). pp. 1-25.

Onyema, Emilia (2008) 'Arbitration under the Ohada Regime.' International Arbitration Law Review, 11 (6). pp. 205-218.

Onyema, Emilia (2007) 'Empirically Determined Factors in Appointing Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration.' Arbitration, 73 (2). pp. 199-207.

Onyema, Emilia (2005) 'The Role of the International Arbitral Tribunal Secretary.' Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law, 9 (1). pp. 99-110.

Onyema, Emilia (2005) 'Selection of Arbitrators in International Commercial Arbitration.' International Arbitration Law Review, 8 (2). pp. 45-54.

Onyema, Emilia (2004) 'Power Shift in International Commercial Arbitration Proceedings.' Caribbean Law Review, 14 (1 & 2). pp. 62-77.

Onyema, Emilia (2003) 'Drafting an Effective Arbitration Agreement in International Commercial Contracts.' Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law, 7 (2). pp. 277-286.

Onyema, Emilia (2001) 'The Use of Med-Arb in International Commercial Dispute Resolution.' American Review of International Arbitratiion, 12 (3-4). pp. 411-423.

Conference or Workshop Items

Onyema, Emilia (2015) The Role of Arbitration Institutions in the Development of Arbitration in Africa. In: Arbitration Institutions in Africa Conference, 23 July 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Unpublished)

Onyema, Emilia (2014) The Attitude of Courts at the Seat of Arbitration and its Impact on the Development of Arbitration. In: The OAS Fourth High Level Meeting on the Role of the Judiciary in International Commercial Arbitration, 23-24 October 2014, Castries, St Lucia. (Submitted)

Onyema, Emilia (2010) Modernising the Framework for Arbitration in Jamaica - Some Salient Points. In: Modernization of the Framework for Arbitration in Jamaica, Thursday 18 February 2010, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica. (Unpublished)

Onyema, Emilia (2008) Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Sub-Sahara Africa. In: Inaugural Conference of the Alumni & Friends of the School of International Arbitration, QMUL, 03 December 2008, New Connaught Rooms, 65 Great Queen Street, London. (Unpublished)

Onyema, Emilia (2008) Effective Utilization of Arbitrators and Arbitration Institutions in Africa by Appointors. In: 4th International Arbitration & ADR in Africa Workshop, 29 - 31 July 2008, Conrad Hilton, Cairo, Egypt. (Unpublished)

Working Papers / Reports

Onyema, Emilia Executive Summary of Case Study of the Lagos Multidoor Courthouse Scheme. (Unpublished)

Book Reviews

Onyema, Emilia (2001) 'Review of 'International Commercial Arbitration and African States: Practice, Participation and Institutional Development' by Amazu Asouzu.' American Review of International Arbitration, 12 (2).

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