Suzy Nikièma is an International Law Advisor for the Economic Law and Policy Program (ELP) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
She is coordinating and promoting SAVi applications in Africa. She also brings her expertise in international investment law, investment contracts and investment dispute settlement in the SAVi application in mining-related projects.
Suzy has provided technical assistance to developing country governments, particularly in Africa, with respect to the negotiation, implementation, and drafting of investment treaties and treaty templates, and has published widely on the subject. She has assisted countries in designing their domestic investment laws.
She has also led a number of training sessions on mining issues in Africa on behalf of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF). Her work with the IGF includes assistance to countries and regional organizations to develop/review national and regional mining legal instruments and conduct Mining Policy Framework Assessments.
Suzy is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the French edition of Investment Treaty News (ITN). She is a lecturer on investment law and mining law at the University Saint Thomas d’Aquin (USTA) and on mining law at the University Aube Nouvelle (U-AUBEN), both in Burkina Faso.
Suzy is a Master of Public Law from the University of Ouagadougou, and has a Certificate of Transnational Law from the University of Geneva, as well as a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in international relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.