Herbert Smith Freehills is hosting a special in-person event in London to celebrate the launch of our updated Guide to Dispute Resolution in Africa (3rd Edition).

We are delighted to invite you to join us.

We are thrilled to welcome Dr Emilia Onyema, Professor of International Commercial Law at SOAS University of London, who will be delivering a special keynote address at the event. Dr Onyema will examine dispute resolution in Africa, as well as discussing findings from the SOAS Arbitration in Africa Surveys. We also look forward to hearing more about the ‘African Promise’, text drafted to drive the actualisation of Diversity in International Arbitration.


Our unique Guide presents the latest perspectives on dispute resolution procedures and trends in all of Africa’s 54 jurisdictions.

Africa’s legal landscape comprises a complex kaleidoscope of legal systems, predominantly either civil law or common law, with a number of variations. Drawing on the extensive knowledge of our Africa practice lawyers as well as experienced local counsel in each jurisdiction, the Guide answers some of the key questions asked by those facing disputes in Africa and by potential investors interested in the continent’s legal systems.


Wednesday 23 March 2022


Exchange House, Primrose Street, London EC2A 2EG


  • 18:30: Registration
  • 18:45 -19:15: Keynote address and presentation of the Guide
  • 19:15 onwards: Drinks, canapés and networking

Please note that this event is by invitation only. For more information or to register for the event, please contact Paul McKeating or Rebecca Roberts.

Read more about our Africa Group.


Dr Emilia Onyema, Professor of International Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London

Dr Emilia Onyema is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, as a Solicitor in England & Wales and Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrator. She teaches international commercial arbitration and international investment law; convenes the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series; and leads the Arbitration in Africa biennial survey research project. She co-published the African Promise and founded the Arbitration Fund for African Students charity. In her arbitration practice, she has experience as presiding, co and sole arbitrator in international commercial arbitration.