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DLA Piper
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Ben Sanderson
Non-African Country
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Country of Birth
United Kingdom
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
I am the Global Practice Manager for International Arbitration at DLA Piper based in London and Madrid. In that role, I have the privilege of working with colleagues across DLA Piper Africa's twenty offices to help develop their arbitration practices. I have delivered many capacity building projects across the continent, principally aimed at government lawyers and members of the judiciary. I speak regularly at African arbitration conferences, giving the key note address at the 2nd NCIA conference in Mombasa in March 2020 and moderating a panel discussion at the EAIAC in August 2020.
English, French and Spanish
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
Number of Cases as Counsel in international arbitration/ADR
Number of Cases as Sole Arbitrator in international arbitration
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Corporate Law / M&A
  • Distribution / Franchising
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment & Media
  • Environment
  • Finance & Banking
  • Food & Beverages
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Public International Law
  • Regulatory
  • Sales & Purchases
  • Technologies
  • Telecommunications
  • Transport
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
Oxford University, BA First Class (1999), MA
College of Law, London (2002)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (2021)
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
Of Counsel, Global Practice Manager for International Arbitration, DLA Piper, 2014 - to date
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis, London 2011-2013
Associate, Skadden, London 2006-2011
Ben is Of Counsel and the Practice Manager responsible for the global International Arbitration practice at DLA Piper. Ben also sit as an arbitrator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Ben has extensive experience advising clients in international arbitration disputes across a range of sectors including energy, mining and technology. Ben has represented both States and commercial parties in investment treaty claims. He successfully represented the Republic of Kenya in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought by investors in the mining sector, as well as the Republic of Zambia in defeating a commercial arbitration claim.
Ben also advises investors, particularly in emerging markets, on commercial matters as well as the structuring of their investments to benefit from protections available in international law under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties.
Ben works closely with the disputes lawyers across DLA Piper's 20 offices in Africa. He is passionate about rule of law, and has worked on a number of pro bono initiatives to build capacity in this area.
Ben is ranked as a Future Leader in Who’s Who Legal for Arbitration, and Legal 500 notes "Of counsel Ben Sanderson combines an extensive and impressive practice in public international law and arbitration matters, as well as an exceptionally deep academic understanding of public international law."
Legal Background
  • Common Law
  • International Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
England & Wales
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Agency/Distribution
  • Concessions
  • Energy Pricing
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Partnership
  • Sale of Business
  • Sale of Goods
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
  • Tender Processes
List arbitration/ADR articles, book chapters, books and where published
• Awards: Challenges, published in The Guide to Challenging and Enforcing Arbitral Awards, ed. J William Rowley QC, GAR, 2021 and 2019
• Investment Arbitration in Africa, published in GAR's Middle Eastern and African Arbitration Review 2021
• Litigation funding in Africa: Maximizing opportunities, DLA Piper, 4 November 2020
• Africa Arbitration Review, DLA Piper, 15 October 2020
• Online Arbitration Hearings: A review of key developments in response to COVID-19, DLA Piper, 28 September 2020
• Ethiopia Ratifies the New York Convention, DLA Piper, 24 March 2020
• The Hague Rules on Business and Human Rights Arbitration, DLA Piper, 18 February 2020
• Arbitrating climate change disputes, DLA Piper, 20 January 2020

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