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Full Name: Dickson Oruaze Moses
Date of Birth: 13th August
Place of Birth: Toru- Orua Town, Bayelsa, Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
State of Origin & L. G. A.: Bayelsa State /Sagbama
Religion: Christianity
Permanent Address: No. 71 Green Villa Road, Biogbolo, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State
Marital Status: Married
Phone No: Available on request
Email: dickson@modickson.ng

Personal Statement

For over a decade, I have been at the forefront of research and knowledge exchange in Higher Education and private practice, primarily at Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU), TRIAX Solicitors and Solalina Investment Limited. I have helped to establish a research culture all three organisations leading to an enhanced research profile and growing national and international recognition of my research and contribution to policy making.

My individual research achievements include peer-reviewed journal papers, book chapters and books and funded ground-breaking research. Furthermore, my research has featured in prominent international law journals such as the North Carolina Journal of International Law, the 2nd ranking journal in International Trade Law with 97 per cent impact factor.

Similarly, my research has featured in two special issues of the International Company and Commercial Law Review, a leading international commercial law journal published by Sweet & Maxwell. My international profile and contribution to the study of International Commercial Law has been recognised by a number of governmental stakeholders in the UK and around the world leading to invitations to engage in collaborative research on projects with a high impact factor.

For example, I am currently involved in a Working Group made up of some of the leading scholars in the field including Prof. George Bermann, Columbia Law School; Prof. Bernard Hanotiau, University of Cambridge; and Prof. Emmanuel Gaillard, Harvard Law School, which is tasked with designing an International Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Djibouti. The project for the establishment of a Centre is spearheaded by the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce (“CCD”), and supported by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (“IGAD”) and its respective Member States with strong links globally. I was appointed by the General Assembly of IGAD mainly due to my strong research focus on international investment law reform models and the reputation created by my published work. This theme is evident in many of my publications. Overall, my Curriculum Vitae provides a comprehensive record of my achievements and responsibilities throughout my academic career.

Education

2018 - 2020
School of Law, University of Bradford, United Kingdom

PhD Law. Title: Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States: Solving the inequities of the Dispute Settlement regime in International Investment Arbitration.

2017 - 2019
City University Law School, University of London, United Kingdom

LLM International Business Law (Distinction predicted): core modules including International Trade Law, International Investment Law, International Commercial arbitration and International Corporate Finance.

2017 - 2018
School of Management, University of Salford, United Kingdom

MSc International Financial Services Management: core modules including Bank Financial Management and International Banking, International Banking Regulation and Portfolio Management, Financial Engineering and Risk Management.

2014 - 2015
University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

LLM International Commercial Law (Distinction): core modules including Advanced Legal Research Methods, International Commercial Litigation, Aviation Law, International Company Law and Corporate Governance and International Banking Law. Dissertation title: Financial Regulation and the Basel Accord.

2010 - 2011
Nigerian Law School, Nigeria

Called to the bar as a Solicitor and advocate to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

2004 - 2009
Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

LLB (Hons) Law: core modules including property, contract and constitutional law. Dissertation title: The duty and responsibilities of the paying bank under the bill of exchange.

1997
Police Children’s School, Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

First School Leaving Certificate (FLSC)

EMPLOYMENT/BUSINESS ENTERPRISES

2018 - Present
School of Law Canterbury Christ Church University
Visiting Lecturer in Law

Coordinating and teaching on the Corporate Law module

2013 - Present
Goldcoast Developmental Foundation
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Sponsoring and coordinating projects aimed at empowering vulnerable women and children of the Niger-Delta region

2015 - Present
TRIAX Solicitors
Managing Solicitor

Manage a team of lawyers and provide oversight on complex civil and corporate law matters

2016 - Present
Modickson Consortium
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Manage and provide strategic leadership to the Board of Directors

2016 - Present
Strong Ideas Limited
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Manage and provide strategic leadership to the Board of Directors

2016 - Present
Restitute Nigeria Limited
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Manage and provide strategic leadership to the Board of Directors

2015 - 2016
Solalina Investment Group
Group Managing Director

Create and implement overall business growth and expansion strategy

2014 - 2015
Bayelsa State
Senior Special Assistant To The Governor On Special Duties

Reporting directly to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Handling special projects on the empowerment of the youths of the state

LEGAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE

  1. Successfully handled a tax recovery worth $1,630,434.71.
  2. Successfully pursued and secured ownership and gazetted an oil well known as OML 139  worth over $2 billion.
  3. Currently handling a mediation worth $190,217.39
  4. Chief S.F Nanakumo & 2 ORS vs Mr Alagha Zidafamo & 4 ORS. SUIT NO: SHC/11/2018
  5. SUIT NO: FHC/ YNG/CS/85/2016. Professor Kimse Okoko vs Government of Bayelsa State & ORS

CONSULTANCY (GOVERNMENTAL)

2017 - Present
Djibouti Chamber of Commerce & the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Senior advisor

Member of a Taskforce constituted by the General Assembly of IGAD to lead the establishment of an International Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Africa

2017 - Present
Djibouti Chamber of Commerce & the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Senior advisor

Member of a Taskforce constituted by the General Assembly of IGAD to lead the establishment of an International Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Africa

LEADING RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP

Leading, co-ordinating or supporting research/knowledge exchange funding
  • 2017 – Present (Funder): Investigating Bilateral Investment Treaties and Economic Development, funded by Solalina Investment Limited (£4,000). This is further evidence of using my academic leadership to enhance the teaching and learning experience of students and peers but also to influence commercial practice and policy development.
  • 2017- Present: Panel Member on a Working Group appointed by the General Assembly of IGAD for the purposes of creating an Arbitration Centre in Africa. I am a member of a team responsible for: (1) Collection of the relevant Laws of the Republic of Djibouti (2); Liaising with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) (3); New York Convention 1958 and its impact in the IGAD Member States. Again, I was appointed due to my international reputation for excellent research and an authority on International Commercial Law (further information is provided in the supporting statement). I was appointed to this role by the General Assembly of IGAD primarily due to my strong research focus on international investment law reform models and the reputation created my published work. This project is supported by 8 IGAD Member States (Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea and Uganda) thus creating scope for regional impact with consequences for the development of international investment law on the African continent and around the world.

RESEARCH MANAGEMENT AND STUDENT EXPERIENCE

  • 2017- Contributing a chapter to a forthcoming book titled: “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018). 5 senior Law academic members and 4 external academics/practitioners will be contributing chapters to the book. It was described by Baiju Vasani (Managing Partner at Jones Day) as “an important contribution to a rapidly changing area of International Law.”
  • Leading and organising summer conferences and actively encouraging all staff members at TRIAX Solicitors, Solalina Investment and Canterbury University to participate by assigning them roles. In all these and forthcoming conferences I am organising, the purpose is to support research development within the Law School and across the Business Sector by enabling academic staff & research students to present their research and publish in REFable international law journals. Thus, through these conferences, I was able to facilitate student and staff exposure to research and its implications evidencing further my research and academic leadership.
  • Reviewing scholarship applications (Goldcoast Foundation). This includes reviewing and comparing applications in order to ensure that scholarships are awarded on academic merit. It further evidences my contribution to research management through engagement in the process of assessing scholarships.

PUBLICATIONS AND RESEARCH OUTPUTS

Books
  • Dickson Moses “International Investment Agreements and Economic Development: Lessons for Africa” LawAfrica Publishers (Forthcoming, 2018).
  • Dickson Moses, “The AFCFTA: towards an Integrated Intra-African Trade and Investment Policy” in “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” by Chrispas Nyombi & Tom Mortimer, (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018).
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
  • Dickson Moses, “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States: Is it time for a regional investment court?” International Journal of Law and Management, Vol 60(2), pp. 452-469.
  • Dickson Moses & Chrispas Nyombi, “Proposal for a tribunal in International Investment Arbitration” (2018) International Company and Commercial Law Review (accepted and forthcoming).
  • Dickson Moses & Chrispas Nyombi, “A case for a Regional Investment Court for Africa” (2018) North Carolina Journal of International Law, Vol 43(1) pp. 67-96.
  • Dickson Moses & Chrispas Nyombi, “Replacing lis pendens with forum non conveniens: A viable solution to tactical litigation in the EU?” (2017) European Competition Law Review, Vol 38(11), pp. 491-500.
  • Dickson Moses & Chrispas Nyombi, “Tactical litigation in the post-Recast Brussels Regulation era” European Competition Law Review, Vol 38(10), pp. 457-469.
  • Dickson Moses & Chrispas Nyombi, “The practicalities of delocalisation in international commercial arbitration” (2017) International Business Law Journal, 5, pp.461-496.
  • Dickson Moses, “Party autonomy and justice in international commercial arbitration” International Journal of Law and Management, Vol 60(1), pp. 114-134.

ADVISOR ROLES AND POLICY INPUT

  • Led a team (at Canterbury University), that produced a book on International Investment lessons for Africa. As evidenced under my publications, this book will be published by LawAfrica in the coming year. This evidences my continued engagement with policy development around the world by putting forward suggestions to regulatory bodies on the direction of investment law reform.
  •  As a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Canterbury Christ Church University, I am responsible for delivering lectures and seminars at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It evidences my ability and experience of producing impactful research and disseminating it both nationally and internationally within the Higher Education sector.
  • Member of a Working Group set up to support the World Health Organisation in developing international legal instruments (mainly for Congo and Uganda) to facilitate investment within health in East Africa (March 2017). This was in recognition of my expertise in International Investment Law and awareness and knowledge of the various legal systems in East Africa. It further evidences my international reputation for excellent research in international commercial and the high esteem in which I am held by researchers and policy makers in the field.
  • Managing solicitor at TRIAX Solicitors (a leading Nigerian Law Firm). My role involves lobbying on behalf of the firm and negotiating with both the State and Federal government of the Republic of Nigeria. I was appointed due to my internationally recognised expertise in international commercial law and experience of engaging with national governments on policy reform.
  • Member of a Working Group set up to design, create and develop an international arbitration centre in Djibouti. The centre will foster relationships in the Horn of Africa and we hope it will lead to greater cooperation and prosperity in the region. This multi-million dollar project is likely to influence global policy on investment and being part of the team has placed me in an ideal position to ensure that my research informs and influences global investment governance.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

 

EVENT

DATE

Tax Conference (Institutionalizing Tax-Paying Culture in a Developing Economy).

 

8th -11th May 2018

 

Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) 20th Annual TAX Conference

 

May, 8 2018 – May, 11 2018

 

Social Media Week Lagos Conference

  • Legal Issues in a Freelance Economy
  • How Technology is Changing the Insurance Industry”
27th Feb -2nd March 2018

 

Guest Speaker at a one-day Seminar on the “Importance of ICT in

Contemporary Legal Practice

9th February 2018

 

Annual General Bar Conference

 

18th -24th August 2017

 

Africa International Legal Awareness, Lagos Courts of Arbitration

Hot Topics in Arbitration

31st October 2017

 

University of Nigeria Students’ Bar Conference

 

18th November 2017

 

Nigerian Bar Association Young Lawyers Forum, Yenagoa

 

9th February, 2018

 

Annual General Conference Nigerian Bar Association

“Democracy and Economic Development”

22nd -24th August 2016

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND SHORT COURSES

  • Leadership and Decision Making (Harvard University) – 2014
  • Short course on Financial Regulation (London School of Economics and Political Science ) – 2014
  • Research methods for the online world (London School of Economics and Political Science ) – 2014
  • Mediation organised by Chambers mediation international – 2014
  • National Youth Service Corps Discharge Certificate – 2013
  • Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (Training Course on Information Technology and the Law)  November 2017

MEMBERSHIPS OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES

  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – 2017
  • Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC) – 2017
  • Present: Member of the European Federation for Investment Law & Arbitration – 2016
  • Present: Member of the International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals – 2015
  • Advertising Practitioner’s Council of Nigeria (APCON) – 2014
  • Present: Member of the Centre for Research in Law (CRiL) University of Bedfordshire – 2014
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – 2011

COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER SERVICE

  • Federal Road Safety Corps (Special Marshal) – 2018
  • Partnership with international Federation of Women Lawyers – 2018
  • Hepatitis B Virus Screening And Vaccination campaign for women – 2017
  • Provision of medical and financial support to leprosy victims in the Niger-Delta Region through Goldcoast Developmental Foundation initiatives – 2016

HOBBIES

  • READ – Opens my mind to worlds unknown.
  • CHESS – Helps me stay sharp and calculate my every move.
  • NETWORK and MEET PEOPLE – Expands my world view.
  • MEDITATE – It helps me stay focused on things that are important in my life.

ACADEMIC REFEREES

Chrispas Nyombi (Associate Professor)
United Nations Law Reform Project Coordinator
Senior Advisor to IGAD and the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce
Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
Canterbury Christ Church University
United Kingdom
chripas.nynombi@canterbury.ac.uk

 

Oghenemaro Festus Emiri
Dean of the Legal Academy,
The Rhetor Place,
15 Ogbunike Street,
Off Admiralty Way,
Lekki Phase 1, Lagos- Nigeria
ofemiri@yahoo.co.uk