ICC YAAF: Enforcement of pathological arbitration clauses and foreign awards

28 Apr 2023

Lagos English
Start: 13:00 (WAT) | 14:00 (CEST) | 12:00 (GMT) || End: 18:00 (CEST)

A rich panel of experienced arbitrators will unpack the nuts and bolts of enforcing pathological arbitration clauses and foreign arbitral awards within the Nigerian context. 

Objective/Who should attend?

This seminar aims to equip participants with practical insight into how to tackle otherwise unenforceable “pathological” arbitration clauses. It will highlight best practices around drafting enforceable arbitration clauses but also address the challenge to sustain an arbitration even in the face of a pathological clause. The insightful afternoon will also examine the procedure for enforcing foreign arbitration awards in Nigeria, navigating participants through the intricate steps and pointing out pitfalls to avoid on the way to successfully reap the fruits of the award. This ICC YAAF event is open to legal practitioners, arbitrators, in-house counsels, students, business leaders, ADR enthusiasts. 

What is ICC YAAF?

Open to those aged 40 and under, YAAF provides opportunities for individuals to gain knowledge, develop their skills and understand ICC’s arbitral procedure and other dispute resolution services.

At ICC, we believe that through training and mentorship, we can mould the next generation of leading international arbitration and ADR experts. Through the ICC Young Arbitration and ADR Forum (YAAF) network, we are able to better inform, connect and inspire young professionals with interests in dispute resolution and dispute avoidance.

Throughout the world, ICC YAAF organises a number of educational and social events that allow young professionals to discover best practices, discuss topical issues, network and create meaningful connections with experienced practitioners. 

Learn more about ICC YAAF  | Join the network

WAT Time Zone


Welcoming remarks

  • Perenami Momodu, ICC YAAF Representative for Africa; Partner, Aelex, Lagos


Introduction of speakers and moderator

  • Orji A. Uka, Senior Associate, Templars, Lagos


Session I: Enforcement of Pathological Arbitration Clauses

  • Folashade Alli, Principal Partner, Folashade Alli & Associates, Lagos


Session II: Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards

  • Professor Gbolahan Elias, SAN, Presiding Partner, G. Elias & Co, Lagos




Q&A session


Closing remarks

  • Marx Ikongbeh, ICC YAAF Representative for Africa, Principal, Everlaw Associates, Abuja


Networking cocktail

Folashade Alli

Principal Partner, Follashade Alli & Associates, Lagos

Elias Gbolahan

SAN, Presiding Partner, G. Elias & Co, Lagos

Marx Ikongbeh

ICC YAAF Representative for Africa; Principal, Everlaw Associates, Abuja

Perenami Momodu

ICC YAAF Representative for Africa; Partner, Aelex, Lagos

Orji A. Uka

Senior Associate, Templars, Lagos

Venue: ǼLEX, 4th Floor, Marble House, 1 Kingsway Road, Falomo Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

For further information, please contact:

Perenami Momodu

ICC YAAF Representative for Africa 



Marx Ikongbeh

ICC YAAF Representative for Africa