Okechukwu Effoduh

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Dissertation Title: The Legitimization of Activism in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Activist Forces, Artificial Intelligence and the pursuit of Human Rights in Anglophone Africa.

Dissertation Topic:

My doctoral research examines how activist forces are using Artificial Intelligence ("AI") to advance the pursuit and realization of human rights in Anglophone Africa. The purpose of this investigation is to discover if and how AI (as a product of the Fourth Industrial Revolution "4IR") advances the pursuit of human rights within the African continent (or if it does otherwise). Incidental to the central objective of this research, my dissertation will also analyze and theorize the potential for AI to mitigate the “popular legitimization crisis” that activist forces face within the continent or otherwise, and how. It will then propose a “way forward” (by using the data analyzed from my field study and the theoretical contexts) on how AI (and perhaps other technologies of the 4IR), can engage both the legitimization of activist forces and the pursuit of human rights within Anglophone Africa.

Education

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) - Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada
  • Master of International Human Rights Law (MSt., IHRL) - University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Barrister-at-Law (B.L) - Bar Qualification (with Honours), Nigerian Law School, Nigeria
  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Public and Internationall Law (with Honours) - University of Abuja, Nigeria
  • Diploma in Law (DL) - University of Abuja, Nigeria

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, (2018 to present)
  • Guest Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University (Feb 2017, Feb 2018)
  • Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University (Sept, Nov 2017, Jan 2018)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Abuja, Nigeria (2013 – 2015)

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Praxis & Gnosis Law, Nigeria (3 years)
  • Law Officer, Presidential Advisory Council, Nigeria (1 year)
  • Assistant Director, Council on African Security and Development (CASADE) (5 years)
  • Assistant Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (2 years)
  • Radio Journalist, BBC Media Action Nigeria (11 years)

Publications

Book Chapters

  • Effoduh, Jake Okechukwu, “Governance Activism for the Inclusive Development of Security in Northern Nigeria” University of Cape Town Mandela School of Public Governance (2016). (Peer reviewed)
  • Effoduh O, The Corporate Responsibility to Respect Human Rights (Corporate Governance and Responsibility by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 2014) Cap. 5 NIALS Press, pp. 100 – 148. (Peer reviewed)
  • Effoduh O, The Economic Development of Nigeria from 1914 to 2014 (The Nigeria Centenary Publication by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced legal Studies 2013) Cap. 30. NIALS Press, 2013 pp. 794 – 1005. (Peer reviewed)
  • Effoduh O, Combatting Transnational Money Laundering: A Case for Special Taxation (Money Laundering and Policy by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 2013) Cap. 11 NIALS Press, pp. 352 – 398. (Peer reviewed)

Book Reviews

  • Effoduh, O. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab.” The Transnational Human Rights Review 3. (2017) Osgoode Digital Commons.
  • Effoduh O, King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild” (The Council on African Security and Development, 04 January 2015)
  • Effoduh O, “Human Rights Review of the Handbook on the Rules of Engagement for the Nigerian Military by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies” (2014)
  • Effoduh O, “Legislative Drafting and Transformative Laws by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies” The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria (July 16, 2013)

Articles

  • Effoduh O, “Economic and Other Human Rights Remain Hostages of Oil Companies” (2015) Council on African Security and Development (CASADE).
  • Effoduh O, “Aviation Reforms in Nigeria: How Well So Far?” Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (2013)
  • Effoduh O, “Thrashing the human right to Privacy: A comparative analysis of the SSMPA, 2013” (Opinion: Where Love Is A Crime) 2015.
  • Effoduh O, Trademark Counterfeiting and its implication to the Nigerian Economy (IPLaw) 2010.

Theses

  • ffoduh O, The ECOWAS Court, Activist Forces and the pursuit of Environmental Justice in West Africa (York University Masters Thesis, 2017) pp.1-256.
  • Effoduh O, The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act of Nigeria and its derogation from International Human Rights Standards on Freedom of Association (University of Oxford Masters Thesis, 2015) pp. 1 - 70
  • Effoduh O, Clinical Legal Education: An Imperative for Law Students in Nigerian Universities (University of Abuja Final Year Thesis 2010) pp 1 – 45.

Documentary

  • Effoduh O, “Crude Reality: The negative effect of oil mining and refining on the environment, and on local communities where oil refineries are situated in Nigeria” (BBC Media Action, Nigeria) April 2017.

Awards

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2019 - 2021)
  • Harry W. Arthurs Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab Fellowship (2017)
  • York University Graduate Scholarship (2016 – 2017)
  • International Law Research Programme Scholarship, CIGI, Canada (2016-2017)
  • Emerging African Leaders Fellowship, Mandela School of Public Governance, South Africa (2016)
  • Distinguished Dutch Visitors Award, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands (2016)
  • Council on African Security and Development Fellowship, Nigeria (2015-2019)
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship (2013-2015)

Presentations

  • “Globalization and Legal Practice” (Lead Speaker). 2019 Praxis & Gnosis Lecture Series. Abuja, Nigeria. (June 2019).
  • “Inclusion and justice: a renewed call for activism in Nigeria” (Keynote Speaker) Civil Society Annual Symposium, Lagos, Nigeria (May 2019).
  • “Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Corruption as a Human Rights Violation” (Presenter). Hubert Humphrey Fellowship 40th Anniversary Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa (September 2018).
  • “Human Rights in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Information Technology, and the Pursuit of Human Rights in Africa” Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) Conference, National University of Singapore (July 2018).
  • “Developing Digital Access to Human Rights Information in Nigeria” (Presenter). Annual Graduate Law Students Conference, Osgoode Hall Law School. (February 2018).
  • “#Law2Go: Digital Library of Human Rights Laws and Services (Presenter). Law Via the Internet Annual Conference. Rutgers Law School, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A. (October 2017).
  • “Educating the Whole Lawyer” (Participant). Canadian Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference. Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, British Colombia, Canada. (June 2017).
  • “Reinventing empowerment in the 21st Century: Law, Media and the Pursuit of Human Welfare in the 4th Industrial Revolution” (Keynote speaker). University of Oxford Annual Human Welfare Conference, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. (May 2017).
  • “The Pursuit of Environmental Justice in West Africa” (Discussant), Annual Graduate Law Students Conference, Osgoode Hall Law School. (May 2017).
  • “The Africa Media Transformation: Entertainment and Marketing in a Digital Age” (Presenter). Oxford – African Annual Conference, University of Oxford, United Kingdom. (May 2017).
  • “Minority Rights Activism in Nigeria” (Speaker). International Conference on Activism in Africa, Center for International Studies of the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. (January 2017).
  • “Setting Peace and Justice in Motion” (Speaker). The Hague Talks on Human Rights, The Hague, Netherlands. (September 2016).
  • “Governance Activism for the Inclusive Development of Security in Northern Nigeria” (Presenter). Research Round Table, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa. (July 2016).
  • “Africa’s Human Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution” (Discussant). World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions, Tianjin, Peoples Republic of China (June 2016).