Abayomi is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law, Queens University. His thesis focuses on third-party funding (TPF) in International Arbitration and proposes a harmonized framework for the regulation of TPF.

Abayomi Okubote worked in Olaniwun Ajayi LP (a top tier commercial law firm in Nigeria) and has garnered almost 10 years’ experience in dispute resolution. At Olaniwun Ajayi LP, he was part of the teams that represented multinational and domestic corporations in commercial law disputes. He has advised government agencies on several cutting-edge projects in Africa.

Abayomi holds a Master of Laws from the University College London, United Kingdom and is an Alumnus of the Harvard Negotiation Institute, ICC Summer School, and the Paris Arbitration Academy. In the course of his PhD program, Abayomi has received the following awards and scholarships: Queen’s University Graduate Award (2017), Faculty of Law Student Award (2017), International Academy for Arbitration Law Scholarship (2018), and the CIGI ILRP Doctoral Scholarship (2018).

Abayomi has completed secondment programs at Baker McKenzie LLP, London, and 4-5 Gray’s Inn, London, United Kingdom. He is the Co-Founder of Africa Arbitration, Editor of Africa Arbitration Blog, Founder of the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA), and the President, Nigerian Students Association at Queen’s University. Abayomi has been appointed by Nigerian courts and has sat as an arbitrator in a number of arbitrations in Nigeria.

Recent Professional Achievements

Featured Publication:

60th Anniversary of the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards: Are we there yet in Africa?

Featured Conference Presentations:

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Conference, Universidad Loyola Andalucia and Universidad Zaragoza, Spain (2018).