Professor Ernest Ojukwu

Professor of Law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria

Professor of Law Baze University, 2016; Adjunct Professor Nasarawa State University 2015; Professor of Law Madonna University, 2014; Associate Professor of Law (1998) and Dean, Faculty of Law Abia State University Uturu, (1995 to 2000); Deputy Director-General and Head Quality Assurance Nigerian Law School (2013-2014), Deputy Director-General and Head of Augustine Nnamani Campus Enugu, Nigerian Law School from 2001 to 2013; Director NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2007-2010 & 2012-2014);

Partner at OJUKWU FAOTU & YUSUF (www.ofy-lawyers.com)-  Ojukwu Faotu & Yusuf is a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers with a client-focused service delivery goal;  providing a full array of legal services in a competent, efficient and professional manner.

  1. Presented on legal education and clinical legal education themes at many international conferences organised by:

the Global Association of Justice Education (GAJE), International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE), American Association of Law Schools (AALS), International Bar Association (IBA), African Network of Constitutional Lawyers (ANCL), Externship 6 Conference, and Harvard Law School’s Global Legal Education Forum;

Keynote speaker at the 11th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education/12th Australian Clinical Legal Education Conference at Griffith University Brisbane Australia in July 2013;

Keynote Speaker at the Conference of Legal Academics Kwame Nkrumah University Kumasi Ghana 20-22 October 2017.

  1. Extensively published as an Academic in reputable journals:
  1. Contributor to the International book on clinical legal education, The Global Clinical Movement- Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (Oxford University Press) edited by Frank S. Bloch. That is, McQuoid-Mason, Ojukwu and Wachira, “Clinical Legal Education in Africa: Legal Education and Community Service”, p.23.
  2. Contributor to the International book on clinical legal education- Ernest Ojukwu, “Making a real change; legal education in Nigeria- partly re-imagined?, in Grimes (ed), Re-thinking Legal Education Under the Civil and Common Law, 192, 2018, Routledge.
  3. Author of Legal Education in Nigeria: A Chronicle of Reforms and Transformation under Tahir Mamman 2013, Council of Legal Education;
  4. Co-Author of:

(i) Clinical Legal Education: Curriculum Lessons and Materials;

(ii) Handbook on Prison Pre-trial Detainee Law Clinic;

(iii) Manual on Prison Pre-trial Detainee Law Clinic;

(iv) Impact Assessment of Clinical Legal Education in Nigeria:

(v) Street Law: Child Rights Manual

(vi) Nigerian Law School Students Externship Handbook

(vii) Nigerian Law School Externship Handbook for Supervisors

(viii) Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Clinical Legal Education and Access to Justice. (ix) Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Bar Journal 2002-2004; 2006-2008.

 

  1. Played key roles in the legal profession in Nigeria relating to the development of legal education such as: a. Established the Nigerian Bar Association’s (NBA) Institute of Continuing Legal Education in 2007 and designed the Rules and Guidelines that drive the mandatory continuing legal education programme for the legal profession. Was the Institute’s Director (Part time) from 2007-2010; and 2012-2014.
  2. Alternate Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Summit on the Future of Legal Education in Nigeria 2006;
  3. Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Legal Education Committee (2006-2008),
  4. Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Academic Forum (2003-2004; 2006-2008 & 2012-2014);
  5. Secretary of the Federal Government Committee on the Reform of Legal Education in Nigeria 2006-2007;
  6. Secretary Council of Legal Education Committee on the Review of the LLB Curriculum and Programmes of the Universities, 2013-2016.

 

  1. President, Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria- nulai.org. a non

governmental, non-profit and non-political organization committed to promoting clinical legal education, legal education reform, legal aid and access to justice.