Ibukunulowa Owa

Ibukunoluwa Owa, LL.B., LL.M.


Foreign Associate

About Ibukunoluwa Owa

Ibukunoluwa Owa, LL.B., LL.M. is a Barrister admitted to practice law in Nigeria. She acts as counsel in a variety of arbitration matters and as tribunal secretary. She has particular expertise in the energy and construction sector, international law as well as in International Commercial and Maritime Law.

Ibukunoluwa studied English Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland and completed an LL.M. in International Commercial and Maritime Law at Swansea University in Wales. She previously worked with leading major law firms in Lagos and London specializing in international arbitration and dispute resolution. She also interned, amongst others, at the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

She speaks English.




Arbitration Litigation

Areas of practice

Energy (Oil and Gas) Construction & Engineering Commercial & Trade Law International law Maritime Law


Representation of domestic and foreign companies in domestic and international arbitration proceedings under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and LCA Rules

Representation of domestic and foreign companies in state court proceedings before Nigerian Courts (cross-border litigation, commercial disputes, tax disputes and enforcement and set aside proceedings)

Secretary to the Arbitral Tribunal in international arbitrations

Languages and nationality

  • English

  • Nigerian

Curriculum vitae

  • Since 2023

    Attorney with HANEFELD, Hamburg

  • 2021 - 2022

    Visiting Foreign Lawyer, International Arbitration Group, WilmerHale, London

  • 2020 - 2021

    Internship, International Arbitration Group, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, London

  • 2016 - 2022

    Associate, Dispute Resolution Group, Aluko & Oyebode, Lagos, Nigeria

  • 2015

    Internship, Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lagos Nigeria

  • 2015 – 2016

    Associate, Dispute Resolution Group at Paul Usoro & Co, Lagos, Nigeria

  • 2013

    Internship, Nilimar Ships and Sale, Athens, Greece

  • 2013 – 2014

    Qualifying Certificate, The Nigerian Law School

  • 2012 – 2013

    Master of Laws (LL.M), International Commercial and Maritime Law, Swansea University, Wales

  • 2008 – 2012

    Bachelor of Laws in English Law (LL.B.), University of Dundee, Scotland


  • How Specialisation and Technology Can Enhance Your Visibility as a Lawyer
    Lagos Business Conference
    Lagos, Nigeria

  • The Doctrine of Separability in International Commercial Arbitration
    Young Arbitrators Network
    Lagos Court of Arbitration, Nigeria


  • Arbitrators Applying the Law: Can a Tribunal Decide on a Law that was not Pleaded by the Parties?
    Kluwer International Arbitration Blog

  • To What Extent Will the AfCFTA Impact the Number of ISDS Cases Involving African States?
    Kluwer International Arbitration Blog
  • The Often-Overlooked Value of African Seats for African-Chinese Disputes
    Kluwer International Arbitration Blog


  • Nigerian Bar Association
  • Nigerian Bar Association, Young Lawyers Forum
  • Steering Committee Member, Africa Energy Arbitrator’s Forum
  • Founding Member, ARBinBRIEF
  • Young ICCA
  • Lagos Court of Arbitration, Young Arbitrators Network
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