Eleanor Roosevelt rightly states that ‘the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’.

Moses Oruaze Dickson’s exciting life is a pleasant proof.  Driven by a belief to be one of the greats amongst the stars of the universe, the determined lawyer, entrepreneur, writer and philanthropist, is successfully brushing aside the dismal beginning associated with most folks of the paradoxical rich Niger Delta region to earn an enviable place in society.

Sheer determination to succeed has long become a propelling force to this creative and progressivist mind in order to displace the proverbial ‘grass’ with ‘grace’.

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Early Life

Moses Oruaze Dickson was born to the Dickson family of Obu-ware compound in Bolou-Orua in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. A noble family with ancestry ties with Oba Fidipote Royal family of Idewon in Ijebu-Ode, south-west state of Ogun.

His mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson, played a very critical role in shaping his worldview. As a loving mother, Mrs. Dickson inculcated in her son the virtues of hard work, learning and generosity. She had to literally sweat via manual farming to provide food and education in a shack that served dual purposes of sitting and sleeping room.

At age 9 Moses went to live with his elder brother, Henry Seriake Dickson, who was a police officer then in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.  By the tutelage of his police sibling, the young Moses had his primary education at Police Children’s School in Port Harcourt. Thereafter he enrolled in the prestigious Bereton College, Port Harcourt for his secondary education.

He also attended the Rhoda Heart-felt Comprehensive School in Port Harcourt before proceeding to the Niger Delta University at Wilberforce Island in Amassoma, Bayelsa State where he studied law. On graduation, he went to the Nigerian Law School in Abuja to qualify to be an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and was called to the Bar on February 14, 2012. A date that joyously coincides with the swearing in of his older brother, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson as the Governor of Bayelsa State.

 

The zeal to become a renowned personality impelled Moses to further his studies, so he jetted out of the country to hone his legal and entrepreneurial potentials. He attended world-class tertiary institutions like the University of Bedfordshire, where he bagged his LLM (Distinction) in International Commercial Law. He also has certificate from Harvard Division of Continuing Education USA and the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Academic trail

S/N Certificate Obtained Date
1 First School Leaving Certificate 1997
2 West African School Certificate (WASC) 2003
3 LLB Certificate 2009
4 Call to Bar Certificate 2012
5 National Youth Service Corps Discharge Certificate 2013
6 Leadership and Decision Making (Harvard) 2014
7 Short course on Financial Regulation

(London School of Economics and Political Science)

2014
8 Research methods for the online world

(London School of Economics and Political Science)

2014
9 Mediation organised by Chambers mediation international in the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom  2014
10 LLM (Distinction) International Commercial Law 2015
11 Ph.D. in view – School of Law, University of Bradford, United Kingdom 2018-2020

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Career

Moses Oruaze Dickson began impacting the world around him, as a classroom teacher after his O’Levels at the Bright Future Int’l Group of Schools, Port Harcourt. He also served as a Counsel in Kemeasuode Wodu & Co and a Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties to the Government of Bayelsa State.

Having equipped himself intellectually to a considerable degree, Barrister Moses set out to live out his dream by establishing his law firm; Triax Solicitors, a philanthropic organization called Goldcoast Developmental Foundation, aimed at empowering youths and capacity building and Modickson Consortium; comprising Solalina Investment Groups and Strong Ideas Limited

As a writer, some of his works published in world journals like the International Journal of Law and Management. His writing focuses on law, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism.

Moses belongs to many professional bodies. He is a member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN), Chattered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN). He also attended a course at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies(NIALS).

 

Moses Dickson is also a prolific writer. His writings mainly focus on law, entrepreneurship and humanitarianism, and they are published in both national and international journals like the International Journal of Law and Management.

 

Publications

  1. Dickson Oruaze Moses & Chrispas Nyombi: The need for an appeals system within Investment Treaty Arbitration, European Competition Law Review 2017, 38(12), 457-469.
  1. Dickson Oruaze Moses: Party Autonomy and Justice in International Commercial Arbitration, International Journal of Law and Management, vol 60, iss 4.
  2. Financial regulations and the Basil Accords
  3. Duties and Liabilities of the paying bank under the bill of exchange
  4. Dickson Oruaze Dickson & Chrispas Nyombi: Tactical litigation in the post-recast Brussels Regulation era, European Competition Law Review 2017, 38(10), 457-469
  5. Dickson Oruaze Dickson & Chrispas Nyombi: Replacing Lis pendens with forum non conveniens: A viable solution to Tactical Litigation in the EU, European Competition Law Review 2017, 38(12), 457-469
  6. Scope for an appeals facility within International Commercial Arbitration
  7. Proposal for an appeals Tribunal in Investment Treaty Arbitration.
  8. Chrispas Nyombi and Oruaze Moses Dickson: “A case for a Regional Investment Court for Africa” (2017) North Carolina Journal of International Law, Vol 43, 1 (2nd ranking journal in International Trade
  9. Chrispas Nyombi & Dickson Oruaze Moses:  “Proposal for an appeals tribunal in International Investment Arbitration” (2017) International Company and Commercial Law (forthcoming).
  10. Moses Oruaze Dickson: “International Investment Law Reform Models” In (Tom Mortimer & Chrispas Nyombi) “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018).
  11. Moses Oruaze Dickson, “Intra-African Investment Agreements” In (Tom Mortimer & Chrispas Nyombi) “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018).
  12. Dickson Oruaze Dickson, Chrispas Nyombi & Tom Mortimer: The practicalities of delocalisation in International Commercial Arbitration, International Business Law Journal, 2017, 5, 461-496.

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Professional Bodies/ Certifications

Moses Oruaze Dickson belongs to many professional bodies, including:

  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)
  • Member Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON)
  • Fellow, Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria (IMCN)
  • Member Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN)
  • Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).

Awards received

  • Corporate Legal Award – University of Nigeria Bar Association
  • Certificate of recognition to Goldcoast Foundation by the Nigerian Air Force alongside the RED Cross

Philosophy

As Johann Wolfgang rightly notes, ‘everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us what we are,’ surely the varied stages of Barrister Dickson’s life have culminated in his service to humanity. Partner therefore with Moses Oruaze Dickson as an entrepreneur or aspiring one, in a bid to positively address global issues.

Moses Oruaze Dickson’s hobbies are reading, mediation and swimming. He is blessed with seven siblings and married with children.