Dr Chukwuma Okoli LL.M.


  • Department:
    Research Department


Dr Chukwuma Okoli is a postdoctoral researcher in Private International Law at the T.M.C. Asser Institute. Before joining the institute, he was a Ph.D candidate and 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.

Chukwuma is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2008 He also holds an LLM international commercial law (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen. His principal research interest is in all aspects of Private International Law/Conflict of Laws, with a special focus on the European Union, Nigeria, and Anglophone or Commonwealth Africa. He has significant publications on these subjects. He accentuates expertise in the Civil and Commercial aspects of European Union Private International Law, and serves as a leading expert in Nigerian Private International Law.

Chukwuma has peer-reviewed manuscripts for leading publishers such as Hart Publishing Limited, and peer reviewed articles for leading international journals such as Journal of Private International Law. He is frequently cited in academic publications. Some of his publications are also in the reading list of some top U.K. Universities.

Selected Publications:

C.S. A. Okoli and G.O. Arishe, “The Operation of the Escape Clauses in the Rome Convention, Rome I Regulation and Rome II Regulation” (2012) 8 Journal of Private International Law 513 – 545

C.S. A. Okoli, “Production Sharing Agreements and Licences: A Distinction Without a Difference?” (2012) International Energy Law Review 282-4

C.S. A. Okoli, “The Significance of the Doctrine of Accessory Allocation as a Connecting Factor under Article 4 of Rome I Regulation” (2013) 9 Journal of Private International Law 449-97

C.S. A. Okoli, “English Courts Address the Potential Convergence between the Doctrines of Piercing the Corporate Veil, Party Autonomy in Jurisdiction Agreements and Privity of Contract” (2014) 3 Journal of Business Law 252-261

C. Okoli, “Late Payment of Freight and Hire – Power to Award Interest under the 1998 Act” (2014) 4 Journal of International Maritime Law 252-6

C.S.A. Okoli, “Sowing the seeds of a future African Union Private International Law: A review of Private International Law in Commonwealth Africa” (2014) 10 Journal of Private International Law, 517-533

C.S.A. Okoli, “AASA: Locating the Central Administration of a Subsidiary Company which is part of a Group of Companies under Article 60 of Brussels I Regulation” (2015) European Company Law 13 -18

C.S.A. Okoli, “Choice of law for Contract of Carriage of Goods in the European Union” (2015) 4 Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly 512-525

Forthcoming Publications

C.S.A. Okoli and R. Oppong, Private International Law in Nigeria (1st edition, Hart Studies in Private International Law, Oxford, 2020)

Publications in Progress

C.S.A. Okoli, The Significance of the Place of Performance as a Connecting Factor in International Commercial Contracts: A Comparative Analysis

C.S.A Okoli & E. Roberts, “The Operation of Article 4 of Rome II Regulation in Common Law Courts of the European Union”

C.S.A. Okoli, “Choice of Law in the European Union: Common Law Procedure and Evidence”