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  Working in a male-dominated profession like ADR poses different challenges to women at every stage. As a young arbitrator, one of the first challenges I observed is the unwillingness of senior and older male lawyers to appear before you as an arbitrator, particularly as a Sole Arbitrator. But this is where Dorothy Udeme Ufot has found herself.
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Dorothy Udeme Ufot, who is a graduate of the University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria started her legal career after she was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1983. She then obtained an LL.B degree from the University of Lagos in 1988. On completion of the law school requirements, she was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. In 1996, Dorothy completed her master’s degree in Law (LL.M) and also obtained an Advanced Diploma in Commercial Law and Practice from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1998. Dorothy Udeme Ufot SAN is a Nigerian lawyer with a specialty in Commercial law. She is the first woman from Akwa Ibom State to be elevated to the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Career as a Lawyer and Professional Memberships

Dorothy is the founding partner of Dorothy Ufot & Co. a leading Nigerian full-service law firm where she heads the international arbitration and litigation departments of the firm. Dorothy specializes in international arbitration, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, including investment treaty arbitration, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards, investment consulting, and corporate and commercial law.
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Dorothy is a member of the Court of Arbitration of the Casablanca International Mediation and Arbitration Centre (CIMAC) Morocco, since 2016. Dorothy was designated to serve a six-year term on the panel of arbitrators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in February 2017. She is a former global vice president of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, and currently a member of the council of the ICC Institute of World Business Law and vice-chair of the arbitration and ADR commission of ICC Nigeria as well as the treasurer of ICC Nigeria National Committee. Dorothy is a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris and was the Vice President of the ICC Commission on Arbitration. In 2000, she became a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators London. Aside from her legal career, Dorothy has also served in different capacities at the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Chevron Oil PLC, and MRS Oil PLC.

Awards and Recognition

Dorothy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Chartered Arbitrator. She is an immediate past Member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris (2006-June 2018).
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Dorothy is on the panel of arbitrators of the AAA/ICDR, ICSID, ICC, KCAB International, the CIArb, the HKIAC, DIAC, SIAC, AIAC, and the LRCICA, the BAC/BIAC, the EDAC and the Energy Arbitrators’ List. Dorothy won the prestigious award of African Arbitrator of the Year 2020 and organized the East Africa International Arbitration Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on 28 August 2020. The award was by the African Arbitration Association, for her contributions to Arbitration and Commercial Law. She is also recognized as a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (CIArb) and a chartered arbitrator. Reference Featured Image Source: isourc
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This article was first published on 29th April 2022 and updated on May 1st, 2022 at 8:51 am


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