Event Date and time: Wednesday 23rd November 2016 | 6:00 PM – 07:30 PM

Venue details:  Hunton & Williams | 30 Saint Mary Axe London EC3A 8EP

Organisers: Centre of African Studies | cas@soas.ac.uk and Hunton and Williams LLP

Event website: Sovereign Immunity, Rule of law and its Impact on infrastructure

Event cost: Free

This seminar will examine the impact of claims to sovereign immunity and (lack of) adherence to the rule of law on the infrastructural development of African countries. Dr Onyema will examine the origins of the doctrine of sovereign immunity and how it strives to balance the (public) interests of the state and legitimate expectations of (foreign) investors. She will examine the recent decision of the English Courts in Avionics v Nigeria (2016). Mr Thomas will analyse the commercial steps that can be taken by a private investor to minimise those risks and consider illustrative case studies to assess the effectiveness of such risk mitigation regimes.

The event will be followed by a reception.


Professor Mashood Baderin, SOAS School of Law/CAS


Dr Emilia Onyema, SOAS School of Law

Mr Andrew Thomas of Hunton & Williams LLP

NB: Attendees will need to bring photo ID to show to security at the entrance. SOAS students can have transport fare covered by contacting cas@soas.ac.uk

This event is part of the SOAS University of London School of Law/Centre of African Studies Law and Development in Africa Network Lecture Series

For more information please contact cas@soas.ac.uk

This lecture is organised in collaboration with Hunton and Williams LLP

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