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Kehinde Folake OLAOYE
Dr Kehinde Folake OLAOYE
PhD (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
LLM (King’s College London)
BL (Nigerian Law School)
LLB (University of Ibadan)

Contact Information

Office: Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – 6143

Research Interests

Research Interests
  • International Investment Law
  • World Trade Law
  • Transnational Law
  • Commercial Contracts

Dr  Kehinde  OLAOYE joined  CityU School of Law as a post-doctoral researcher in 2020 as a team member on the RGC project  “Anatomy of Hong Kong’s International Trade Law: Logic and Consequences of Unilateralism, Bilateralism, and Multilateralism.  She  is  the course leader for commercial contracts and transnational law in the International Economic Law and Master of Laws in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution streams. Prior to joining CityU, Dr Olaoye completed  degrees in law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, King’s College London and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr Olaoye is qualified as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She has worked as a commercial lawyer in Nigeria and as an international arbitration/dispute resolution trainee in the Hong Kong office of a top international law firm. Dr Olaoye is the Associate Editor of the Asian Pacific Law Review.

Dr Olaoye’s main areas of research are  international investment law, international trade law and transnational law. Her research has  focused  on the distinct trends of foreign investment protection law in developing countries, state contracts and transnational economic law problems. Dr Olaoye’s work has been accepted for publication in leading journals including the Journal of International Economic Law, World Trade Review and the Capital Markets Law Journal.  She has also served as a legal expert to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on a Common Investment Area in the African Continental Free Trade Area.  Dr Olaoye has been invited to give guest lectures and presentations at the University of Leiden (Netherlands), Handong Global University (South Korea) and the European University Institute (Italy).

Awards and Scholarships

  • CUHK, Faculty of Law Young Scholar Thesis Award 2020 for Most Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation (2021)
  • HKSAR Talent Development Scholarship (2020)
  • Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law PhD Scholarship (2020)
  • CUHK Outstanding Student Award (2019)
  • 1st Prize, University of Sussex African Union Law Essay Competition (2018)
  • Nigerian Law Scholar, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (2014)
  • Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholar (2009-2011)


Chapters in Edited Books

  • ‘The Economic Community of West African States and West African Economic and  Monetary Union’ in Julien Chaisse and Christoph Herrmann (eds), The International Law on Economic Integration (OUP  2024 Forthcoming)
  • ‘The Hidden Majority: Investor-State Arbitration and the Legacy of Kéba Mbaye’ in Frans Viljoen, Humphrey Sipalla and Foluso Adegalu (eds), Exploring African Approaches to International Law: Essays in Honour of Kéba Mbaye (Pretoria University Law Press 2022) 63
  • ‘The Past, Present and Future of International Investment Law in Africa’ in Apollin Koagne Zouapet (ed), Sixty Years after Independence, Africa and International Law: Views from a Generation (Forthcoming)
  • ‘European Communities – Measures Prohibiting the Importation and Marketing of Seal Products’ in Panagiotis Delimatis and Leonie Reins (eds), Encyclopedia on Trade and Environmental Law (Edward Elgar Publishing 2021)  595
  • ‘Goetz V the Republic of Burundi I&II: How Foreign Investors Challenge “Free-Zone Regimes” in Jiaxiang Hu (ed), International Economic Law and the Challenges of the Free Zones-- Global Regulatory Issues and Trends (Kluwer Law International 2019)

Journal Articles

  • ‘Domestic Investment Laws, International Economic Law, and Development’ (2022) World Trade Review (Forthcoming) (with Muthucumaraswamy Sornarajah)
  • ‘International Banking and Finance Use of the Investment Treaty Regime: A Hong Kong Case Study’ (2023)  Capital Markets Law Journal (with Julien Chaisse)
  • ‘Permanent Sovereignty Over Natural Resources and Investor-state Dispute Settlement in Africa’ [2021] Journal of the African Union Commission on International Law 58
  • ‘A Drop in the Bāb al-Mandab Strait: Djibouti Signs the ICSID Convention’ (2019) Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law (Springer 2020) 141
  • ‘The Tired Dragon: Casting Doubts on China’s Investment Treaty Practice’ (2020) 17 Berkeley Journal of Business and Law 134 (with Julien Chaisse)

Book Review

  • Book Review of Ho Jean, State Responsibility for Breaches of Investment Contracts 23 (2020) Journal of International Economic Law 293