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Professor Francis Botchway

Francis Botchway is the Sir William Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Qatar University, having been elected to that position in recognition of his work as one of the world’s leading academics in International Economic Law and Dispute Resolution. Professor Botchway was also formerly the Head of Contracts & Compliance at the Research Office of Qatar University.

Professor Botchway holds four law degrees from four of the leading universities in the world: Harvard, Dalhousie, Manchester and Ghana. He is a regular speaker at the World Bank’s Law, Justice and Development Conferences, and is also frequently invited to speak at conferences in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. Professor Botchway has published more fifty (50) pieces of work, including three books, half a dozen book chapters and dozens of articles in leading international journals around the world. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Global Journal of Comparative Law and a founder of the International Review of Law.

In addition, Professor Botchway sits as an arbitrator on international commercial disputes, and is listed on the ICSID roll of arbitrators. 

Academic Qualifications:

LLB/BL, University of Ghana Law School (1990/1992)

LLM, Dalhousie Law School (1994)

LLM, Harvard Law School (1997)

Ph.D, University of Manchester (2000)

Professional Qualifications:

Qualified as a lawyer in Ghana (1992)

Appointments and Professional Memberships:

  • 1992-1993 – Practised as a Solicitor and Barrister at Reindorf Chambers in Accra, Ghana
  • 1993 – Lecturer in Administrative Law at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  • 1995-1996 – Researcher at International Education Centre, St Mary’s University, Canada
  • 1996-1997 – Consultant at Conservation International, Washington DC
  • 1997 – Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico Law School
  • 1999-2000 – Part-time Lecturer on Tort and Jurisprudence at University of Manchester
  • 2000 – Visiting Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico Law School
  • 2000-2006 – Assistant Professor at University of Warwick Law School
  • 2005-2010 – Adjunct Professor at Leuven University
  • 2006-2010 – Reader in Law at University of Hull Law School
  • 2007-2008 – Consultant at Ince & Co
  • 2007-2008 – Adjunct Professor at University of Warwick Law School
  • 2009-2015 – Adjunct Professor at KNUST
  • 2011-2014 – Consultant at Jones Day and Crowell & Moring
  • 2011-2016 – Associate Dean (Research & Graduate Studies) at Qatar University
  • 2016-present – Sir William Blair Chair in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Qatar University
  • 2018-present – Head of Contracts & Compliance at Research Office of Qatar University

Practice Area:

Commercial Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Investment Treaty Law, Environmental Law, Energy Law

Further details of specific practice areas and experience can be obtained by emailing: office@mcnairchambers.com

Select Publications & Lectures:


  • Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development (edited) (Edward Elgar, UK. 2011).
  • Documents in International Economic Law (Routledge, UK. 2006).
  • Environmental Law in Ghana (Kluwer Monograph Series, The Netherlands. 2004).
  • Defences in International Investment Law (forthcoming, Routledge, UK, 2021).

Book Chapters

  • African National Courts and International Arbitral Tribunals: The Quest for Harmony. (Wildy, Simmons and Hill Publishers, UK, 2016).
  • Regime Theory and China – Africa Economic Relations (in Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development, Edward Elgar, 2011) pp. 368-394.
  • Introduction to Natural Resource Investment and Africa’s Development (Edward Elgar, 2011) pp.1-12.
  • Environmental Law in Post-colonial Societies: Aspirations, Achievements and Limitations - with Richardson & Mgbeoji - (in Environmental Law for Sustainability, Richardson and Wood eds, Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2006) pp 413-443.
  • Historical Perspectives in International Economic Law (in Perspectives in International Economic Law, A. Qureshi eds, Kluwer, 2002) pp 309-326.
  • Dispute Resolution in oil and Gas Industry (Eduardo Pereira, eds, Edward Elgar, forthcoming, 2021).
  • Whither International Investment Law in Africa? (Yenkong Hodu et al, eds, Manchester University Press, 2020).


  • New Arbitration Law in Qatar: Issues Arising (13 Int. Arbitration Law Rev., 2017).
  • A Decade of Development: The Civil & Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Center (with Andrew Dahdal (34 Arab Law Quarterly, 2019).
  • Consent to Arbitration: African State Practice (34 ICSID Review, Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • Animal Welfare in Qatar: Law and Philosophy ( 46 (2) Environmental Policy and Law, The Netherlands, 2016) (with Dabia Maslamani).
  • Trans-systemic Models of Dispute Resolution and Economic Development: The Case of Qatar, vol. 19 Asian Business Lawyer (2017).
  • The Constitutional Regime for Natural Resource Governance in Africa: The Difficult March Towards Accountability – with Nightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza (6 World Bank Legal Review, USA. 2015).
  • The Immunity Conundrum (African Journal of International and Comparative Law, Edinburgh University Press, UK, 2014).
  • Diminishing Acts of the State. Or Is It? (13 Journal of World Investment & Trade, Brill Publishers, The Netherlands,  2012) pp. 687-717.
  • Forums for International Economic Adjudication: Threads in Fragments (Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, Summer, 2012) pp. 639-712.
  • Not Ready for Change? The English Courts and Pre-contractual Negotiations (with K.A. Choong – The International Lawyer, vol. 45, 2011) pp.625-645.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in the Natural Resource Industry. (26 Connecticut Journal of International Law, 2011).
  • Can The Law Compel Business Parties to Negotiate? (3 Journal of World Energy Law and Business, Oxford Univ. Press, 2010).
  • Is The IMF Conditionality Anachronistic? (Law and Financial Markets Review, Hart Publishing, 2009) pp.361-379.
  • Privy to Unsustainable Arguments in the Belize Dam Case (Environmental Law Review, 2006) pp 144-151.
  • Privatisation and State Control - The Case of the Ashanti Goldfields Company (Journal of Energy and Nat. Res. Law, 2004) pp 201-217.
  • The Context of Trans-boundary Resource Exploitation: The Environment, the State and the Methods (Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, 2003) pp 191-240.
  • Good Governance: The Old, the New, the Principle and the Elements (Florida Journal of International Law, 2001) pp.159-211.
  • Contemporary Energy Regime in Europe (European Law Review, 2001) pp3-19.
  • International Trade Regime and Energy Trade (Syracuse Journal of Int. Trade and Commerce, 2001) pp1-18.
  • International Adjudicatory Process and Trans-boundary Resource Disputes (Australian International Law Journal 2001) pp 143-158.
  • The Role of the State in the Context of Good Governance and Electricity Management: Comparative Antecedents and Current Trends (Univ. of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law, 2000) pp781-832.
  • The State, Governance and Energy Regulation in Ghana (Law and Politics in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Germany, 2000) pp 176-211.
  • The Gabcikovo-Nagyimaros case and Trans-boundary Resource Exploitation (European Environmental Law Review 1999).
  • Land Ownership and Responsibility for the Mining Environment (Natural Resources Journal, 1998) pp 509-536.
  • The President, His Vice and the Constitution of Ghana (East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights, 1998) pp 90-101.
  • Shareholding in Mining Companies in Ghana (Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, 1997).
  • Pre-colonial Methods of Gold Mining and Environmental Protection (Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law 1995).
  • Forests Reserves Under the Law (Ghana Law School Journal, 1993).
  • Intestate Succession Law: Issues Arising (The Counsel, 1992).

Conference Presentations and Lectures

  • BITS and China-Africa Relations (China-Africa Law Forum, Beijing, China, 2019).
  • The Future of ADR in the Gulf Region (Fukuoka, Japan, 2018).
  • Reform of Investor – State Arbitration (Arusha, Tanzania, 2018).
  • Arbitrating Natural Resource Disputes: Current and Future Trends (Conference on the Future of ADR, Qatar University, May 2017).
  • The Qatar International Court & Dispute Resource Center: An Emerging Construct in Trans-systemic Jurisprudence (Conference on New Lex Mercatoria, Singapore, May 2017).
  • Crime and Economic Development in the GCC (World Bank Law, Justice and Development conference, Washington, DC, 2016).
  • Models of Dispute Resolution and Economic Development (African Society of International Law Annual Conference, Accra, 2016).
  • Resource Governance Framework and Its contribution to the Development of Qatar, World Bank (Law Justice and development) Conference, 2015.
  • Energy Dispute Resolution – National vrs International Tribunals, Atlanta, 2014)
  • Institutions and Poverty (World Bank, Washington, 2014)
  • Extractive Industries and Revenue Stream in Africa (World Bank, Washington DC 2013).
  • Indeterminacy in Trans-boundary Resource Dispute Resolution (Paper Presented to Chinese and Korean ocean policy makers and academics, Zhejiang University, China, Aug. 2013).
  • Diminishing Acts of the State’ (Society of Legal Scholars Conference, Cambridge, September, 2011)
  • Exclusionary Rule (Pre-contract Negotiations) and Its Future – (NEROG Conference, Hull, July, 2010).
  • China-Africa Economic Relations (College of Europe – Brugge- Conference on China, Europe, and Africa, Feb., 2010).
  • Comparative Strengths of State Immunity and Act of State as Defence in International Investment Law (African Society of International Law Conference, Brazzaville, 2012).

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