Tunde Ogowewo

King’s College London, Barrister, and Arbitrator.

In Global Arbitration Review, 9 September 2022 he was cited as the counsel that represented Nigeria in arbitration and mediation proceedings that resulted in a 91% haircut on a US$5.26 billion dollar claim – a settlement in respect of all claims at less than the value of the investor’s receipted sunk cost investment in respect of just one of the contracts in issue ($200m as at 2007). The Supreme Court of Nigeria in Citec Intl Estates Ltd & Ors v Francis & Ors, (2021) LPELR-53083(SC), cited his contribution to Nigerian constitutional law in the following terms:

“Almost all counsel, including the amici curiae, would seem to entertain the view that the decision in Fawehinmi v Akilu [1987] 4 NWLR (pt 67) 707 expanded the scope of locus standi. With respect, this cannot be correct, see, T. E. Ogowewo, Wrecking the Law: Now Article 111 of the Constitution of the United States led to the Discovery of a Law of Standing to Sue in Nigeria, 26 Brook. J. lnti L. (2017) 528, 50 where the erudite scholar debunked such views.”

The Supreme Court in 2018 in Centre For Oil Pollution Watch v NNPC, [2018] SC 319/2013 described him as an “erudite scholar”. Tunde was recently cited by Cockerill J in FRN v JP Morgan Chase Bank [2022] EWHC 1447 (Comm). His academic work has resulted in the striking down a VAT statute in Fiji. See, Koroi v Commissioner of Inland Revenue and Attorney General of the Republic of Fiji [2001] Civil App. 78/2000S (reported in the New Zealand Administrative Law Reports [2003] NZAR 18) cited by Justice Gates.
He teaches in the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, University of London and has Visiting Professorships at NYU Law School (Hauser Global Professor) and the National University of Singapore (NUS). Tunde has served as arbitrator in numerous International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the London Centre of International Arbitration. He has also acted as expert in the World Bank’s International Centre for Investment Disputes (ICSID) in investment disputes. He is a Member of Court, Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LCIAC). He has advised the UK Government as a member of the Roundtable of Expert Stakeholders by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on aspects of Takeover Regulation.