Obiora Okafor –
Professor of Law, York University, Toronto
Professor Obiora Chinedu Okafor is a professor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School which he joined after holding faculty positions at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Nigeria, and at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He served as an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program; a Canada-US Fulbright Scholar at MIT; a Visiting Professor at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; a Visiting Professor at the St. Augustine International University, Kampala, Uganda;
and as the Gani Fawehinmi Distinguished Chair of
Human Rights Law at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Professor Okafor has published extensively in the fields of international human rights law and immigration/refugee law, as well as general public international law (especially with regard to third world approaches to international law). He is the author ofThe African Human Rights System, Activist Forces, and International Institutions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007);Legitimizing Human Rights NGOs: Lessons from Nigeria (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2006); and Re-Defining Legitimate Statehood (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 2000). He has
co-edited three books: Legitimate Governance in Africa: International and Domestic Legal Perspectives (The Hague: Kluwer, 1999);Humanizing Our Global Order: Essays in Honour of Ivan Head(University of Toronto Press, 2003); and The Third World and International Order: Law, Politics and Globalization (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2003). He has edited three special journal issues, and published over seventy (70) journal articles,
book chapters and other scholarly writings. He is the Editor of the Transnational Human Rights Review,
and sits on the editorial advisory board of a number of scholarly periodicals.
Professor Okafor is the founder and convenor of Osgoode’s Research Seminar Series on International Law in the Global South (ILIGS), and of the Annual York University Oputa Lectures on governance in Africa, which has been held at Osgoode since 2004. Between 2009 and 2011, Professor Okafor chaired the Curriculum Reform Working Group, whose work led to important reforms in Osgoode’s upper-year JD curriculum, including the introduction of the praxicum, and additional upper-year writing requirements. He also developed the proposal for an international and transnational law intensive program at Osgoode, as well as Osgoode’s participation in the prestigious International Court of Justice University Traineeship Program.
Ikechi Mgbeoji –
Professor of Law, York University, Toronto
Following five years of practice in civil litigation specializing in Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Law, Professor Mgbeoji enrolled in the graduate program of Dalhousie University where he graduated, summa cum laude, with an LLM in 1999. A recipient of the Governor-General’s Gold Medal for the highest academic standing at the graduate level in Dalhousie University, he undertook his doctoral research in Patent Law, graduating, summa cum laude, in 2001. Throughout his academic career, Professor Mgbeoji has won numerous academic awards, scholarships and fellowships including the Killam Scholarship and the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft Award. His teaching and research interests are in Patent Law, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, International Law on the Use of Force, International Environmental Law, Biotechnology and Law, Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Indigenous Peoples, and Anthropology. Professor Mgbeoji is the author of two books – Collective Insecurity: The Liberian Crisis, Unilateralism, & Global Order and Patents and Indigenous Peoples – and he is the co-author of Environmental Law in Developing Countries: Selected Issues. Prior to joining Osgoode in July 2003, he taught at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law.
Mr. Oyenubi received his Bachelor of Laws Honours degree from The University of Warwick, England in 1988, and was subsequently called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989. He practiced as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria for nine years, in a general practice environment with emphasis in the area of litigation, estate administration, corporate/commercial law, intellectual property law, maritime and environmental law. Adeyinka Oyenubi was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2001, and has since garnered considerable experience as a legal practitioner in Canada. The focus of his practice is general and clients cover an extensive range from all walks of life.
Edosa Adams- Idode
Ms. Adams-Idode obtained her Bachelors of law degree (LLB Hons) in 1998 from the Great University of Benin, Nigeria and was subsequently called to the Supreme Court of Nigerian in 1999. She also obtained her NCA in Canada and was called to the Law Society of Upper Canada, Ontario Bar in 2007.
Currently Ms. Adams-Idode is in association with Chancery Law Firm (Litigation and Arbitrators) in Lagos, Nigeria. She is also a Partner at AI Law - a vibrant Boutique in Mississauga, Ontario where she maintains an active practice in Family law, Child Protection law and Immigration and Refugee law matters.
As an Executive Board member of CANL, Ms. Adams-Idode is a firm believer in leadership by example, Volunteerism and Mentorship. She is a proud supporter and volunteer at the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) at the Granville Williams Davis Courthouse in Brampton.
Ms. Adams-Idode is a keen advocate on issues affecting our graduates and service of the diverse needs of our community.
For fun, she enjoys baking and travelling with her family.
Stella Anaele Iriah
Stella Iriah graduated with honours from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 1985 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986. Stella was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 and obtained an LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in 2010 specializing in Banking and Financial Services Law.
Stella worked as a Corporate & Commercial / Litigation lawyer specifically dealing with recovery of overdue loans and advances on behalf of the creditor banks in Nigeria and in the registration of new corporations in Abuja.
In 1994 Stella worked as a Legal Documentation Officer at the Toronto Dominion Bank, Corporate and Investment Banking Group focused on reviewing ISDA Master Agreements and supporting documentation for compliance.
Stella spent part of the early years of her practice as a per- diem duty counsel at the Ontario Court of Justice –criminal courts -representing young offenders and accused in domestic matters.
She volunteers on an on-going basis with the Pro bono Law Ontario (PBLO) as Advise Counsel at the Superior Court University Avenue.
Since her call to bar in 1996 she has practiced mainly as an immigration, family & real estate lawyer.
Stella is the current president of the alumni association of her high school (Lagos State Government College Ojo) chapter, in Canada.
Paul Krumeh has over 12 years’ legal experience in Matrimonial & Family law matters involving Domestic Violence as well as from Immigration & Refugee law and Real Estate law.
Paul served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Rexdale Community Legal Centre in Toronto, Canada for four years while also serving as the Immigration law Advice Lawyer during the same period at the Rexdale Women Centre in Toronto.
Paul obtained his B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from York University in Toronto, Canada and an LLB from University of Windsor,