Olaoye Kehinde Folake is completing a PhD in Laws at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) supervised by Professor Julien Chaisse and co-supervised by Professor Bryan Mercurio. Her PhD thesis examines distinct trends and dynamics of transnational investment protection law in Africa focusing on West Africa as a case study. Using empirical research, she distils some of the largely overlooked challenges of protecting and promoting foreign investment in Africa. With her thesis she aims to highlight evidence-based proposals for consolidating regional and transnational proposals for reform of international investment law in Africa.
Kehinde has been educated and trained as an international lawyer in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. She studied law at the University of Ibadan before obtaining an LLM in transnational law from King’s College London. Since 2015, Kehinde has been invited to present her work at many prestigious events, including the Harvard Law School Scholars Workshop (2019), the I-Courts of Excellence Summer School on International (2018), and the Asia FDI Forum IV (2018). Her recent publications include a book chapter titled “Goetz v. the Republic of Burundi I&II: How Foreign Investors Challenge ‘Free-Zone Regimes
” published by Kluwer Law International and an article on China’s international investment treaty practice published in the highly-regarded Berkeley Business Law Journal
Kehinde is a recipient of several research grants and awards. These include 1st prize of the University of Sussex African Union Law Essay Competition and the 2019 CUHK Outstanding Student Award. For two years, she was co-chair of the Hong Kong Law Research Symposium hosted by CUHK Law. At King’s she was recipient of the Nigerian Law Scholarship. Kehinde has also being awarded a scholarship as a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law.
Kehinde also has wide practical experience. She is admitted as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a legal practitioner in Nigeria. In summer 2019, she worked as an international arbitration and dispute resolution trainee at the Hong Kong office of one of the largest law firms in the world.