SOAS University of London

School of Law

Mr Will Odogwu



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Mr Will Odogwu
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Thesis title:
Comparing Formal Legal Discourse across Sites of Global Adjudication of Investment Disputes: the Variable Significance of ‘General Principles of Law’ Rhetoric in the International Court, International Commercial Arbitration and Investment Treaty Arbitration.
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Year of Entry 2013
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International Law, Investor-State Arbitration, International Commercial Arbitration, English Contract Law, EU law and Private International Law.

I taught English and European Union legal topics at the University of Warsaw for four years (2008-2012). The topics ranged very widely and included English Legal System, Criminal Law, Contract Law, Tort Law, Law of Intellectual Property, Company Law, EU Law (including Competition Law), International Trade Law I (jurisdiction and applicable law), and International Trade Law II (FOB and CIF contracts). I also led a tutorial class in Contract Law at City University, London for one academic year (2006-2007).

PhD Research

My work will focus on the comparative analysis of selected formal-rhetorical features recurring in investment dispute decisions issuing from international courts, international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations. I will be seeking to uncover the parameters operating to constitute and denote-as-‘authorised’ aspects of the discourse enunciated by judges and arbitrators within each of these contexts. The research objective is to arrive at a theoretically informed framework which will facilitate the understanding of how particular substantive policy balances manifested in the case law emanating from these sites of adjudication relate to formal characteristics of the associated discourses. Drawing on the insights of theorists such as Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu I will seek to render intelligible the variable conception of ‘general principles of law’ at work in these three related domains of dispute settlement and to assess the possible socio-political significance of such variations.