[New publications] Asser researcher Chukwuma Okoli publishes on private international law in Nigeria

Published 19 November 2020

Asser researcher Chukwuma Okoli 

Postdoctoral researcher Chukwuma Okoli has recently published a blog on the application of private international law in Nigeria. Additionally, a book he co-authored will be the subject of a symposium in December.


In a blog post for conflictoflaws.net, Okoli criticises a recent Nigerian Court of Appeal decision. This decision was on a failure or refusal to appear to court proceedings in breach of an international arbitration clause, and payment of an out of court settlement to release a seized vessel. The court held that these actions constituted a waiver of the right to an international arbitration clause by submitting to the jurisdiction of the Nigerian Court. Read the full blog post here.

Online symposium on private international law in Nigeria
Okoli also co-authored Private International Law in Nigeria, which was published in June 2020. This book examines the rules, principles, and doctrines in Nigerian law for resolving cases involving cross-border issues. It is the first book-length treatise devoted to the full spectrum of private international law issues in Nigeria. In celebration of this achievement, the editors of Afronomicslaw.org have invited Okoli and Professor Richard Frimpong Oppong to organise a symposium on the subject.

The purpose of the symposium is to discuss important issues on the subject of private international law in Nigeria. Four papers have now been selected for the symposium. Persons presenting are Dr. Abubakri Yekini (Lecturer in Law at Lagos State University, Nigeria), Orji Uka (Senior Associate at African Law Practice, Nigeria), Anthony Kennedy (Associate Member of Serle Court), and Richard Mlambe (Lecturer in Law at University of Malawi – Polytechnic).

The exact date and other information will be published in due time. Please routinely check this page and our social media channels to stay up to date.

Dr Chukwuma Okoli LL.M. is a Postdoctoral Researcher in private international law at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut and part of the research strand ‘Dispute settlement and adjudication in international and European law’. Chukwuma is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2008. Chukwuma’s principal research interest is in all aspects of private international law/conflict of laws, with a special focus on the European Union, Nigeria, and English speaking or Commonwealth Africa.

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