Careers in ADR with Professor Emilia Onyema

Chinwe Umegbolu

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I was super excited to welcome Professor Emilia Onyema, a Professor in International Commercial Law at SOAS, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, qualified to practice law in Nigeria, and as a Solicitor in England & Wales. 
Professor Onyema is a member of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) and the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the Advisory Committee of the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA). She presides over the Advisory Committee of the Libya Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. 
She is also a member of various professional associations, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. She convenes the “SOAS Arbitration in Africa” conference series and publishes the Arbitration in Africa Survey and the African Promise's co-author; she has published various books and articles on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), particularly on Arbitration. Professor Onyema was awarded the Mentor of the Year 2020 by the African Arbitration Association (AfAA); She has mentored so many people over the years and still mentoring, including my humble self, and one of the main reasons I am researching in ADR- Multi-Door Courthouse (MDC) in Nigeria. 
In this episode, we discussed the following questions: A. What is ADR? B. How did you start or commence your journey as an ADR Practitioner/ Academia? C. Throughout your journey as an ADR Practitioner/Academia, have you had any cause to doubt the effectiveness of ADR, to be precise, Arbitration? D. What is the Career Progression in Arbitration?E. What is your advice to someone that wants to pursue a career in Arbitration?F. What is your advice for potential users of ADR? We concluded by revealing the need for professional training as an arbitrator while touching on what potential users and persons who want to pursue a career in ADR, particularly arbitration, should look out for. 
 Keywords: Dispute Resolution, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Access to Justice; Careers
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2021


  • Dispute Resolution
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Access to Justice
  • Careers in ADR


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