Adaora Nwajiaku

PhD Candidate
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Dissertation Title
Canadian-Nigerian Engagements in the Area of Women's Rights

Dissertation Title

Canadian-Nigerian Engagements in the Area of Women's Rights

Dissertation Topic

My research topic explores the nature, attainments, problems and prospects of past and ongoing Canadian/Nigerian human rights engagements, particularly in the area of women’s rights within a specific timeline. Canada and Nigeria continue to relate diplomatically on several fronts, and I am examining whether the duo’s relationship has influenced the status of women in Nigeria by improving it, worsening it, or whether it has had no impact whatsoever on women in Nigeria. I specifically hope to find out how much cooperation has existed between these two countries – by investigating how Canada has behaved, how Nigeria has responded, how the duo’s interactions have affected their activities/engagements in the area of women’s rights, what benefits have arisen from their interactions, what disadvantages or problems (if any) have developed and what the future holds for future engagements, as well as the implications for policy, practice, and theory. The engagements to be studied include all actions and inactions taken by governmental and non-governmental actors, with more focus being paid to the former. Beyond discovering Canada’s role in Nigeria and although the bulk of the research focuses on Canada, I am also examining the ways, if any, that Nigeria has in turn contributed to Canada’s women’s rights movement. There is scarce scholarly study that focuses directly and comprehensively on the engagements between Nigeria and Canada in the area of human rights or women’s rights. Most literature focus on foreign policy towards Africa, trade and investment, conflict/security, development aid or assistance, peacekeeping and even support of democratic and constitutional reform. My research will therefore be novel in examining the scope of these interactions with priority on women’s rights; its outcome will also help strengthen the mutual roles of these countries in each other’s relations.


2017: Master of Laws (LL.M) - University of Lagos

2014: Barrister-at-Law (B.L) - Bar Qualification - Nigerian Law School

2013: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) - University of Ibadan

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant - Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights and Equity - Department of Equity Studies - Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University (2019- 2021)

Professional Experience

Research Assistant- Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (2019- 2021)

Associate Counsel - Africa Law Practice (Alp Ng &Co) 2017-2019

Counsel (Temp)- CHAPITRE LLP 2017

Udochi Iheanacho Partnership 2016

Taiwo. O. Taiwo & Co NYSC Counsel 2015

  • Helena Orton Memorial Scholarship (2021)
  • Harry W. Arthurs Fellowship (2019-2021)
  • York University Graduate Fellowship (2019- 2022)
  • Sexual Violence during African Armed Conflicts: United Nations Peacekeepers" (University of Lagos Masters Thesis, 2017) pp.1-111.
  • The Abuse, the Abused and the Abuser: Domestic Violence and Legal remedies (2013) (University of Ibadan LLN Thesis, 2014)
  • "Canadian/Nigerian Engagements In The Area Of Women’s Rights: Nature, Attainments, Problems And Prospects" (Paper presentation at the ATLAS Agora 2021 ‘Empirical Legal Research’ e-conference, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, June 2021)