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Dr. Emilia Onyema is a senior lecturer in the Law Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a fellow of the Chartered Institute. Dr. Onyema teaches international trade law and international commercial arbitration on the SOAS LL.M. and M.A Dispute and Conflict Resolution programs.  Her areas of research and consultancy include; International arbitration (commercial and investment); OHADA law; Commercial contracts; International sale of goods; International carriage of goods; Nigerian customary laws. She holds a PhD in international commercial arbitration and is widely published in these areas.

She is the author of the Chartered Institute’s workbook on Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration.  She has also published several journal articles and authored several book chapters on the subject of arbitration such as: i) Onyema, Emilia (2016) ‘The Interface between Domestic Courts and Arbitral Tribunals.’ In: ICCA Congress Series. The Hague; London; New York: Kluwer Law International. (Forthcoming); ii) 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; iii) 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; iv) 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.

Dr Onyema is qualified to practice law in Nigeria, a solicitor in England & Wales and is the alternate tribunal secretary of the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal in London.