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Onyema, Emilia (2020) 'African Participation in the ICSID System: Appointment and Disqualification of Arbitrators.' ICSID Review: Foreign Investment Law Journal, 34 (2). pp. 365-387.

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This article critically interrogates the experience of African states within the ICSID system through an analysis of certain procedural issues. Procedural issues cover a very wide terrain of different issues during the arbitration process excepting the determination of the substantive rights and obligations of the disputants. This primary focus of this contribution is on issues related to the constitution of arbitration tribunals and applications for the disqualification of arbitrators by African States as parties to disputes under the ICSID regime. Finally it briefly mentions post award actions within the ICSID regime in which African states have also been active. It concludes that the engagement of African states within the ICSID regime will increase with the growth of cross-border intra-African investment activities. This will also lead to an increase in the participation of African lawyers in the ICSID system. This will be achieved through their appointment as counsel, arbitrators, conciliators and experts, not just by the Chairman of the ICSID Administrative Council but also by these African parties. Finally, that this increased participation of African parties and states will continue to contribute to the development of the ICSID jurisprudence and its influence on the development of international investment law.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 02583690
Copyright Statement: © The Author(s) 2020. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of ICSID. All rights reserved. This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Oxford University Press in ICSID Review, available online:
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Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 15:30

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