Having worked in various international organizations, I am asked this question with worrying frequency.
Our continent is blessed with incredible talent, some of our universities have exceptional academic traditions, and we have produced lawyers who have made significant contributions to modern legal thought. Yet, despite this, I keep hearing this question. I do not know exactly why there seems to be an insufficient number of African public international lawyers working in the intergovernmental system, although there are, no doubt, a number of varied causes (opportunity, finances, etc.).
In a recent keynote address presented at a seminar in London, the Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, has decried the level of engagement of Africa and African States in the international investment law regime.