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Francis Ojok

International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution


Francis Ojok is a Ugandan-trained lawyer with experience in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution (Negotiation and Mediation). He is a Certified Mediator and an International Mediation Institute Qualified Mediator. He co-founded Kuponya Peace & Justice Initiative, based in Uganda. Francis holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Caruso School of Law, Pepperdine University; a Master of Arts (MA) in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management; and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Degree from Kampala International University, Uganda. He has also completed coursework for a postgraduate diploma in Legal Practice from Uganda’s Law Development Center.

Francis has extensive experience working with culturally diverse teams across several geographical contexts. He began his career interning at the Chief Magistrate Court of Gulu, Northern Uganda, before joining one of Uganda’s top law firms (Onyango & CO. Advocates) as an Associate. His experience expands to working in academic institutions like Brandeis and Pepperdine University. He has also worked with NGOs in Uganda and America.

He is a member of the Association of Young Arbitrators and IMI’s Young Mediators Initiative (YMI) and a frequent public speaker on Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration, and Conflict Resolution. He also frequently writes and has published several articles on these topics. Currently, Francis consults with a Los Angeles-based Company.

Posted 9 Mar 2023
To most people, negotiation is a battle of words. They are all about reaching an agreement. They get blinded by the myth fueled by their biases that they are there to claim their client’s most significant percentage of the pie. That mindset prompts them to approach negotiation adversarially and aggressively.
Posted 3 Feb 2023
There is a continuous demand for mediation as a forum for settling domestic and international disputes. In America, a study of 449 cases revealed that mediation could resolve 78 percent of cases, regardless of whether parties had been compelled to mediate by a court or had voluntarily chosen it .
Posted 30 Dec 2022
Mediation is a process by which a neutral third person facilitates communication between parties to a dispute and assists them in reaching a mutually agreed resolution. . In Uganda, this is not a new form of resolving disputes. Since time immemorial, it was the only known form of dispute resolution at home, with elders serving as mediators, in the communities, with traditional leaders serving as mediators.

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