Foley Hoag Partner Tafadzwa Pasipanodya Named to Africa's 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020

February 3, 2021

Foley Hoag LLP partner Tafadzwa Pasipanodya was named to Africa’s 30 Arbitration Powerlist 2020, a new initiative of the Africa Arbitration Academy, Africa Arbitration and the Association of Young Arbitrators (AYA).

The recognition was established to celebrate the achievements of the top 30 arbitration practitioners from Africa and recognize their contributions to the development of arbitration in the continent.

In its selection of Pasipanodya, the Africa Arbitration Academy called attention to three of her notable cases from 2020: Gosling et al. v. Mauritius, in which Pasipanodya co-led a team that helped Mauritius defeat an ICSID arbitration concerning Mauritius' right to prevent the claimants (UK investors) from carrying out luxury real estate development projects at the Le Morne UNESCO World Heritage Site, commemorating freedom from slavery; Mehta et al. v. Uruguay, a matter in which she helped Uruguay defeat a $4 billion claim in an investment arbitration administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration concerning the denial of an iron-mining permit; and Niko v. BAPEX and Petrobangla, in which she represented Bangladesh hydrocarbon state entities in a unique investment arbitration in which the tribunal issued a decision finding the claimant liable for a gas blowout.

As a member of Foley Hoag’s International Litigation & Arbitration Department, Pasipanodya represents sovereign States in contentious and advisory matters concerning international law. Her practice is focused on advising States in investor-State arbitrations and State-to-State disputes concerning mineral resources, environmental harm, territorial and maritime claims, as well as human rights. She also serves as chair of the firm’s Africa practice.

The Africa Arbitration Academy was established due to the rising demand for improved expertise and training of arbitration practitioners in Africa, and to expose the young practitioners to the current trends and developments in international commercial and investment arbitration. Its overall objective is to provide the much-needed specialized training to young arbitration practitioners from Africa and to equip them with the right set of skills to succeed within the international arbitration community. 

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