Chukwuma Okoli



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My research is focused on conflict of laws with a special focus on international commercial litigation in Nigeria, Africa, United Kingdom and the European Union. I am currently working on writing a major text on conflict of laws in Africa.


Dr Chukwuma Okoli is a Lecturer in Commercial Conflict of Laws at the University of Birmingham, one of the editors on conflict of, and a co-founder of the Nigerian Group on Private International Law.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, he was inter alia, a Postdoctoral Researcher at TMC Asser Institute/University of Amsterdam for well over two years, a Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg for about four years, where he taught Comparative Private International law, Comparative English Law of Contract, and Comparative English Law of Tort. He has a special interest in international commercial litigation or commercial conflict of laws.

He is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2008. He practiced law in reputable law firms for about three years in the area of domestic and international commercial transactions. He also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen and undertook his PhD in commercial conflict of laws (University of Luxembourg), where his PhD was graded as "without corrections" and "very good". He graduated with a Second Class Upper Division both at the University of Benin, Nigeria in 2007, and Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus in 2008.

His principal research interest is in all aspects of Private International Law/Conflict of Laws, with a special focus on the Nigeria, Africa, United Kingdom and the European Union. He has significant publications on these subjects. He is the author of a substantial monograph on a civil and commercial aspect of European Union Private International Law, and the co-author of the leading text on Nigerian Private International Law.

He has also provided consultancy services on the content of Nigerian law.


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