Obiora Okafor

Obiora Okafor

Job Title: 
Associate Professor
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

1998 Ph.D., Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

1995 LL.M., Law, University of British Columbia, Canada

1994 LL.M., Law, University of Nigeria, Nigeria

1989 LL.B (Honours), Law, University of Nigeria, Nigeria


Canadian Law and Society Association
Canadian Council on International Law
Canadian Association of Law Teachers
Academic Council on the United Nations System
American Society of International Law

Current Research Projects: 

1. Canadian Project Director of NIHERNET [Initiated this Project to link York University with Nigerian University, Governmental and Civil Society Partners in Human Rights Education, Research and Advancement], 2003-Date:

  • Project Director has established a Human Rights in Africa Course at Osgoode (run for over five years now)
  • Project Director has won a $23,280 Law Foundation of Ontario Grant to advance the Osgoode-University of Jos Research/Teaching linkage, an aspect of NIHERNET (July 2008)
  • Project Director has won a $7000 York Internationalisation Grant to develop a “Virtual Transnational Classroom” within this course (April 2007)
  • This “Virtual Transnational Classroom” has been up and running since September 2007 and, via internet video-conferencing and a discussion board, links law students at Osgoode with counterparts at the University of Jos in Nigeria
  • Project Director (in association with the Dean’s and Associate Dean’s Offices) has organized two successive Visiting Professorships at Osgoode for Professor Dakas C.J. Dakas of the University of Jos
  • Project Director has arranged (with Law Foundation funding) to add a “Virtual Collaborative Student Research” component to the Osgoode-University of Jos linkage

2. Minor Collaborator, The Harriett Tubman Institute’s SSHRC MCRI Team on “Slavery, Citizenship and Memory”, 2008-Date [$2.5 Million over 7 years]
3. Minor Collaborator, Centre for Refugee Studies’ SSHRC Research Cluster Team on “A Canadian Refugee Research Network”, 2008-Date [$2.1 Million over 7 years]

Geographical Locations: 
Areas of Research Expertise: 
refugee law
international law
immigration law
International Human Rights Law
human rights law
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