Uzoma Azikiwe is a partner and the head of the Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie’s litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution team. He provides advice in maritime, aviation, employment and energy matters, and his specialisations include advising multinationals on oil and gas law, environmental matters, the provision, manning and maintenance of vessels, cabotage issues, telecommunications, construction and infrastructure, administrative and constitutional law.
He trained as an international commercial arbitrator with several Nigerian and international arbitration organisations, including the ICC Institute of World Business Law, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in the UK, the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Nigeria), and the Chartered Institute of Mediation and Conciliation. He obtained a diploma in international commercial arbitration at St Anne’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom, and has benefitted from PIDA training in international commercial arbitration, PIDA training in international commercial contracts and training by the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
Uzoma makes presentations, presents depositions and gives evidence as a legal expert on Nigerian law before various foreign courts. Most recently, he appeared in this capacity before the High Court of Justice in England (in the 2009 case of Dornoch Limited & Others v Westminster International BV & Others).
He has published articles on commercial law including ‘The Doctrine of Undisclosed Agency Revisited’, as well as articles on environmental law and arbitration. His articles have been published in reputable international journals, such as The European, Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, The Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review, International Financial Law Review Dispute Resolution Guide and Chambers International Arbitration Country Practice Guide. He presents papers at and conducts seminars for various major service companies in the oil industry in Nigeria on employment and labour matters.