Executive committee members

Obiora Okafor

Obiora Okafor photo

Professor Obiora Chinedu Okafor is the Inaugural York Research Chair in International and Transnational Legal Studies. 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. He has received numerous awards, Excellence from the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (2010), Gold Medal for Exceptional Research and Major Contributions to Jurisprudence of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (2013), Osgoode’s Teaching Excellence Award twice (2002, 2007). He is the former Chairperson of the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee and is the founder and convenor of Osgoode’s Research Seminar Series on International Law in the Global South (ILIGS).

Research interests: Immigration/Refugee Law, International Human Rights, international law, Nigerian Legal Studies