Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour
Arbitrator Profile

Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour

Adedoyin Oyinkan Rhodes-Vivour, SAN is the founding partner of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co, a firm of solicitors, advocates and arbitrators. The firm specializes in providing corporate commercial, litigation and arbitration/ADR services. Adedoyin is a chartered arbitrator and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is active in international arbitration. She holds an International Practice Diploma in Arbitration. She is a CEDR [UK] accredited mediator. She is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration and a member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration & ADR. She is a Vice-President of the London Court of International Arbitration African Users’ Council .She was a member of the Court of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), The Hague, Netherlands pursuant to her nomination by Nigeria (2010 – 2016). Adedoyin is a member of the World Bank Sanctions Board.

Adedoyin was educated at the University of Lagos [LLB Hons], University of Lagos [LLM] and King’s College London, University of London [M.A, International Peace & Security], graduating in 1980, 1986, and 2002, respectively. She is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria [admitted in 1981] and was elevated to the privileged rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (equivalent to a Queen’s Counsel) in 2019. She is a Notary Public of Nigeria .She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and International Council for Commercial Arbitration.

She has practiced law for nearly 4 decades and specializes in commercial transactions, international and domestic arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. Adedoyin has conducted arbitrations under various rules including LCIA ,ICC and UNCITRAL .She is listed on various arbitration panels including the Panel of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators [UK], London Court of International Arbitration database of neutrals(LCIA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution [ICDR], Singapore International Arbitration Centre [SIAC], Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria [MAAN], Asian International Arbitration Centre (previously known as Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration), Lagos Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and Kigali International Arbitration Centre [KIAC]. She is listed on the Panel of Neutrals of the Lagos and Abuja Multi-door Courthouses. She is a member of the Users Council of SIAC.

Adedoyin is the immediate past Chairperson of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigerian Branch. She is a member of the International Law Association [ILA], International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration and the Pioneer Chair, Committee on International Commercial Arbitration of the Association’s Nigerian Branch. She is a founding member and pioneer president of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria [2006-2010]. She was the pioneer chairperson of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, Committee on Arbitration/ADR [2005-2010].

She has conducted arbitration extensively both domestically and internationally in various disputes across a wide range of industries including corporate, construction, infrastructure projects, energy, maritime, banking and finance. She has acquired significance experience in international and domestic arbitration. She has acted as counsel in various arbitration proceedings. Her clients include oil & gas companies, banks, property development companies, and multinational corporations. Adedoyin has also mediated various disputes.

Adedoyin is very supportive of diversity causes and promotes the equal representation of women in Arbitration. She is a member of the International Steering Committee of the ERA Pledge and Co –Chairs the African Sub- Committee .She is a member of ArbitralWomen.

She has written several articles on Arbitration /Alternative Dispute Resolution and regularly delivers papers at international and domestic conferences and training events. She is an approved tutor for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Regional Pathway Leader for Africa. She is the author of the book titled: ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and Practice in Nigeria through the Cases’ published by LexisNexis.

ADR Experience

Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour SAN is listed in Expert Guides as one of the world’s leading experts in Commercial Arbitration and Who’s Who Legal. Mrs. Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour SAN has extensive experience in arbitration and has served as president, sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and counsel in numerous international and domestic arbitral proceedings.

Areas Of Practice

  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction (all areas)
  • Contracts
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Maritime
  • Oil and Gas
  • Telecommunications/Satellite

Arbitrations

43

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

ADR Training

  • 2nd – 4th May 2018 SOAS Fourth Arbitration in Africa Conference, Kigali 2018 The Role Practitioners Development Africa. of Arbitration in supporting the of Arbitration in
  • 26-27 2017 October London Court Arbitration(LCIA) of International LCIA African Council Symposium in Abuja.
  • 3rd - 4th April 2017 SOAS University of London/Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration SOAS/CRCICA Arbitration in Africa Conference 2017 on The Role of African States & Governments in the Development of Arbitration in Africa
  • 8th – 11th May 2016 International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) ICCA Congress Mauritius 2016 on The Relationship between International Arbitration and the development of the Rule of law
  • 7th – 8th May 2016 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Africa, Mauritius
  • 10 December 2015 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on International Commercial Arbitration, Nairobi
  • 8th -10th May 2015 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on International Arbitration
  • 29th September – 2nd October 2014 ICC Institute of World Business Law ICC Advanced PIDA Training on International Commercial Arbitration
  • 12th–14th September 2014 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on International Arbitration
  • 15th February 2014 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on International Arbitration
  • 13th February 2014 International Chamber of Commerce(ICC) The Allocation of Costs in International Arbitration
  • 6th November 2013 Regional Centre For International Commercial Arbitration(RCICA) An Introduction to ICSID Process
  • 11th October 2013 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) PCA Peace Centenary Seminar – “Confronting Global Challenges:
  • 5th October 2013 London Court of International Arbitration(LCIA) LCIA Symposium on International Arbitration
  • 1st November 2011 International Centre for Dispute Resolution [ICDR] International Advanced issues Symposia in case management
  • 19th – 20th October 2010. International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Court of Arbitration Arbitral Awards under the auspices of the International Court of Arbitration
  • 9th October 2009 International Centre for Dispute Resolution [ICDR] International Symposia in Advanced case management issues
  • 5th – 9th October 2009 International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators [ICMA] ICMA XVII Hamburg, Germany 2009 Conference
  • 19th 2009 March SICA FICA/Institute for International Commercial Arbitration Advanced Arbitration WORKSHOP
  • 2007 International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators (ICMA) ICMA XVI 2007 Conference

Awards

  • Awardee of the United States Young African Leaders Programme on ‘Administration of Courts in the United States’ – Sponsored by the United States Information Service Government in conjunction with the Phelps Stokes Fund (1990) -.awarded to persons who have demonstrated leadership potential
  • Award presented at the International Women’s day 2020 in recognition and appreciation of invaluable support and immense contributions to the promotion of gender balancing activities.
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICCN) in collaboration with NECA’S Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW) International Women’s Day Award (In recognition and appreciation of Mrs. Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, SAN valuable support and immense contributions to the promotion of Gender Balance activities) 2020.
  • ESQ Legal Amazon of the Year Award (dedicated to an outstanding female lawyer) 2019.
  • Award presented in appreciation of role as Sponsor at the 1st Annual International Arbitration Conference hosted by the African Arbitration Association (AFAA) on 3rd-4th April 2019.
  • Award presented by the Unilag Faculty of Law Class of 80’ on the attainment of the prestigious rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on the first 1st day of November 2019.
  • Visionary Award presented in recognition and appreciation of invaluable support and contribution to Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC)’s vision to be a world class Africa Arbitral Institution on the 19th day of December 2018.
  • Award presented by Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK (Lagos Branch) in appreciation of role as Chief Guest at the CIArb Women’s Arbitration Conference 2018.
  • Live Abundantly Empowerment Initiative (an NGO committed to investing in our communities and promoting positive social change through the creation of social cognisance by enhancing the lives of women, children and the vulnerable by way of encouraging social awareness, advocacy and education.) – Esteemed Benefactor Award (2018).
  • Lagos Chamber of Commerce International Arbitration Centre (LACIAC) – Visionary Award (2018)
  • Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State Government (provider of free services to indigent and vulnerable residents of Lagos State) – Recognition as outstanding provider of pro bono legal services (2018)
  • Award presented in appreciation of role as speaker at the 2nd International Centre For Arbitration and Mediation ICAMA Bi-Annual Conference hosted by ICAMA 24th October 2017.
  • NBA Section on Business Law Chairperson of the year 2016 /2019 Award.
  • Award presented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Nigeria and ICC International Chamber of Commerce in recognition and appreciation of immense contributions to the success recorded at the ICC Nigeria Mediation Rules Conference on October 2014.
  • Award presented in appreciation of support to the Maritime Arbitration Conference Dubai presented by Emirates International Law Center, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
  • Award presented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Nigeria in recognition and appreciation of invaluable contribution as speaker at the launch of the 2012 ICC Rules of Arbitration by ICC Nigeria 30th March 2012.
  • Award presented in recognition of distinguished service to the legal profession presented by the Premier Branch of the NBA (Lagos Branch) 12th December 2012.
  • Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch- In recognition of Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession (12th December 2012).
  • Award of Recognition presented by University of Law society on investiture as Patron of Unilag Law Society on the 17th day of June 2011.
  • Award presented by Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch in appreciation of role as facilitator of the Workshop on “Dispute Resolution what option” on 5th November 2008.
  • Award presented by the Chartered Institute of Shipping of Nigeria in appreciation of role as president of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN).
  • Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law – Chairperson of the Year Arbitration/ADR Committee (2009)
  • Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law – Chairperson of the Year Arbitration/ADR Committee (2006)
  • Award presented by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in appreciation of role as speaker at the workshop on ‘Understanding the Roles of Company Secretaries’ on the 1st day of March 2005.
  • Award presented by the Institute of Directors (IoD) in recognition and appreciation of role as a distinguished fellow of the IoD Nigeria on the 24th day of November 2004.
  • Recipient of the prestigious British Government Chevening Scholarship- Awarded for further studies in the area of Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes (2001). International Peace and Security (King’s College, University of London) passed with merit – The Chevening programme of the United Kingdom is awarded to outstanding emerging leaders or person who have distinguished themselves as having the passion, idea and influence to provide solutions and leadership needed to create a better future.

Publications & Presentations

  • • Maritime Jurisdiction in Nigeria: Lignes Aeriennes Congolese vs. Air Atlantic Nigeria Ltd – Published in the Journal of Maritime and Transport Law of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division (May 2007) Vol. 14 No. 1. Security for the Respondent’s Costs of Arbitral Proceedings with particular reference to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act Cap 19, 1990 Laws of Nigeria (ACA) –Published in the News journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigerian Branch Vol. 2 No. 1, January 2005.
  • • Recent Arbitration Related Developments in Nigeria – and Published in the Journal of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK, the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management February 2010, Vol. 76, No.1, p.130 – 133.
  • • The Federal Arbitration Act and the Lagos State Arbitration Law: A Comparison Published in the Nigerian Business Law and Practice Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2012, p. 53 – 81.
  • • Recognition and Enforcement of an International Arbitral Award Under Sections 51 and 52 of the Nigerian Arbitration and Conciliation Act published in the 2016 Edition of Commercial Arbitration Expert Guides, p. 74 – 75.
  • • Immunity of Arbitrators - Published in the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management Volume 83 Issue 4 November 2017
  • • Damages in International Arbitration – Published in “A life of Law & Business; Essays in Honor of Chief (Dr.) Chris Ogunbanjo OFR, CON” p. 346, December 2018.
  • • The Amicus Curiae and Arbitration – Published in Law Digest (Winter 2019 edition), Issue 19, pg. 38, January 2020.
  • • Conflict Resolution in the Time of Covid-19 – Voices from the Seven Continents of the World – Published on mediate.com website [Available at https://www.mediate.com/articles/relyea-conflict-global.cfm#africa] August 2020
  • • International Arbitration and Appearance Rights of Lawyers: A Review of Article IV of the 1st Schedule to the Arbitration and Conciliation Act Cap A18 Laws of the Federation 2004 – Published in “International Arbitration Law and Practice: The Practitioner’s Perspective by Tolu Aderemi, August 2020.
  • • Adedoyin Rhodes-Vivour SAN. Damages in International Arbitration - Published in International Arbitration Law and Practice: The Practitioner’s Perspective.” Edited by Tolu Aderemi, August 2020.

Education

  • 1 St. Saviours School, Railway Compound, Ebute-Metta, Lagos 1967 – 1970 Common Entrance Examinations Passed
  • 2 Queens College, Yaba, Lagos 1970 – 1975 West African School Certificate (WAEC)
  • 3 International School, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State 1975 – 1977 International Baccalaureate Certificate
  • 4 University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State 1977 – 1980 LL.B
  • 5 University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos State 1985 – 1986 LL.M
  • 6 King’s College, London, University of London 2001 – 2002 Masters of Arts with Merit, International Peace and Security

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