Staff profile

Dr Chrispas Nyombi

International Commercial Law




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre


Kedleston Road and One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I joined the University of Derby in October 2021. Prior to this, I worked at Canterbury Christchurch University (Reader in International Commercial law) and the University of Bedfordshire (Lecturer and Senior Lecturer). I am also a Visiting Professor of Law at Makerere University. I have held a number of senior/strategic leadership positions in Higher Education (Postgraduate Portfolio Leader, Director of Research, REF leadership, Acting Head of School etc), supervised several PhD students to successful completion and authored (and co-authored) a number of publications (books, chapters and journal papers).

They include “The International Investment Agreements of the IGAD Member States” (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2019) and “Towards a New World Economic Order: Proposal for a Pan-African Investment Court” in Emilia Onyema's “Rethinking the Role of African National Courts in Arbitration” (Kluwer Law International, 2018). My peer-reviewed articles have been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Business Law, International Arbitration Law Review, North Carolina Journal of International Law etc.

I regularly receive invitations to speak at national and international events (over 20 countries around the world) concerning all aspects of International Commercial Law. Some of these engagements have included addressing audiences such as the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) (2019); the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) (2018); SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conferences in Egypt (2017), Rwanda (2018) and Tanzania (2019); the East African Community (EAC) (2019); the Inaugural African Arbitration Academy Lecture (2019) etc.

I am on the EAC Panel of Experts for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement negotiations. I am a member of a task force constituted by the Djibouti Chamber of Commerce and supported by the IGAD and its respective Member States for the establishment of an International Arbitration and Mediation Centre in the Horn of Africa. Between 2018-2019, I led the Ugandan delegation during the EAC Investment Policy 2019-2024 negotiations.

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught a broad range of commercial law modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including:

Professional interests

I am actively involved in trade and investment policy developments within the East African Community (EAC) region covering the Republic of Kenya, Republic of Uganda, Republic of Burundi, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan and the United Republic of Tanzania. I work closely with the EAC Secretariat and the Uganda Ministry of East African Affairs. This involves training officials from government bodies and their counterparts, particularly on international investment agreements.

The next training is scheduled for December 2021 in Kampala, Uganda. I was actively involved in drafting the Uganda Investment Code Act 2019 and the Human Organ Donation and Tissue Transplant Bill 2020. At EAC Level, I was involved in the negotiations towards the EAC Investment Policy 2019-2024 and currently working with the EAC on the AfCFTA Investment Protocol preparations and negotiations.

Research interests

My research interests are in the field of International Commercial Law. I specialise in international investment law and international commercial arbitration. My recent work focuses on investment policy in the IGAD, the EAC, the Great Lakes region and investment dispute settlement under the AfCFTA Agreement. My research and professional engagements have shaped investment policy in the IGAD and the EAC region.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

International experience

Additional interests and activities

I regularly peer-review articles for journals including the International Journal of Economic Law, International Company and Commercial Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell) and International Trade Law and Regulation (Sweet & Maxwell). I am the current Chairperson of the Arbitration Fund for African Students (AFAS), a UK-registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) founded by Professor Emilia Onyema (SOAS) and constituted in 2019 for the purpose of capacity building by advancing education in the knowledge, skills, techniques, use and methods of arbitration in Africa.

In my free time, I enjoy reading about astronomy, string theory, multiverse theory and quantum mechanics.

Recent publications

Selected/recent publications