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Prof. Githu Muigai

Former Attorney General of the Republic of Kenya, Chartered Arbitrator, Senior Partner at Mohammed Muigai LLP

Prof. Githu Muigai is a Professor of Public law at the School of Law, University of Nairobi and a Senior Partner at the firm of Mohammed Muigai LLP. He is also the Vice President of the London Court of International Arbitration African User’s Council and the Vice-Chair of the United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

As a committed Jurist, he has been involved in the teaching and practice of law for over 30 years. As an academic, he is widely acknowledged as an expert in the area of Public Law with special recognition in the areas of Constitutional Law, Constitutional Jurisprudence, Constitutional litigation and comparative constitutionalism. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Public International Law and International Hu man Rights Law.

He has broad international and domestic experience at dispute resolution having represented Kenya as the Attorney General before the International Criminal Court at the Hague, serving as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague. He has represented numerous parties at the Supreme Court of Kenya, the Supreme Court of Uganda and other regional litigation and dispute resolution fora. He was conferred the rank of Senior Counsel by the President of the Republic of Kenya.

He previously served as the chief legal adviser to the Government of Kenya as Attorney General (August 2011-March 2018) and as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya Review Commission, as judge to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (2008-2010). He is also a former Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance (2008-2011).

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Dr. Emilia Onyema

FCIArb, SFHEA Interim Pro-Director, Learning & Teaching

Emilia Onyema is a Reader in International Commercial Law and Interim Pro-Director Learning and Teaching and teaches international commercial arbitration and international investment law at SOAS University of London. She is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, is a Solicitor in England & Wales, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Senior Fellow of the HEA and independent arbitrator. She convenes the SOAS Arbitration in Africa conference series and leads the SOAS Arbitration in Africa survey research project. Her research interests focus on the development of international arbitration in Africa and the engagement of Africans in international arbitration. It further interrogates the intersections of the discourses on diversity and race with particular reference to Africa, in international arbitration.

Lawrence Muiruri Ngugi

Registrar/Chief Executive, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration

Lawrence Muiruri Ngugi is the serving Registrar/Chief Executive, Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration. He is an arbitrator and accredited mediator, previously a member of Kenya’s representatives to the UNCITRAL Working Group II Arbitration & Conciliation and Working Group III Online Dispute Resolution.

He has handled high profile, complex litigation, arbitration and international investor-state disputes. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Public Secretary.

Kamal Shah Partner

Head of the Africa & India Groups - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood's Africa and India groups. He specialises in complex, cross-border international arbitration, litigation and fraud and asset recovery. Kamal's focus is on international arbitration, litigation, fraud and asset recovery in Africa and India, given his extensive experience there. He acts for governments, government entities, banks, private corporations and high net worth individuals in a range of matters including those relating to projects and infrastructure, joint ventures, banking and finance, shareholder arrangements, energy and a range of schemes commonly used to defraud individuals and corporations. In addition to being a LCIA Court Member, Kamal is currently the president of the LCIA African Users Council. Kamal co-published the text of the ‘African Promise’, which seeks to tackle the under-representation of Africans on international arbitration tribunals. He is also the co-author of the leading text "Arbitration in Africa: A Review of Key Jurisdictions".

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John M. Ohaga

Managing Partner, TripleOKlaw LLP Advocates

John Ohaga is the Managing Partner in the firm TripleOKlaw LLP Advocates. He has more than 25 years’ post-qualification experience during which he has been involved in numerous complex litigation as well as high value domestic and international arbitrations. He has been recognized for his high quality work and expertise in dispute resolution by Legal 500, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers. John was declared the 2010 and 2016 winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards for Kenya in the category of litigation (www.clientchoiceawards.com).He is an experienced litigator and has a particular passion for commercial litigation. He advises many leading companies listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange as well numerous private companies in addition to some of Kenya’s largest state corporations.

John is also an experienced arbitrator and is presently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), is on the board of the Nairobi Centre for International Arbitration, a member of the Mediation Accreditation Committee and Convener of the Law Society of Kenya’s Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is also the Chairman of the Kenya Sports Disputes Tribunal.

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