Prof. Andrew I. Chukwuemerie is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Professor of Law, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki and Partner in the law firm of Okibe Lawhouse (Legal Practitioners, Arbitrators), Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
He had his early education at Community Primary School, Onicha-Agu, Amagunze, Nkanu-East LGA, Enugu State between 1971 – 1976 and Colliery Comprehensive Secondary School, Ngwo, Enugu between 1976/77 – 1980/81. He proceeded to the University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri for his LLB in 1984 and graduated in 1988 with a Second Class Upper Division. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in December 1989 after passing the Bar Finals (BL) examination. He obtained his LLM from University of Lagos. He became a Professor of Commercial Law in 2005 after 7 years of lecturing. He was conferred with the rank of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2009 and was sworn in in 2010.
Before becoming a law lecturer Prof. Chukwuemerie SAN had been a private practitioner since his call to the Bar in 1989. He renders services to individuals, firms and companies in various sectors of the Nigerian and foreign economies such as Oil and Gas, Shipping, Banking and Finance, Manufacturing, Construction, General Commerce and General Services. He also renders Company Secretarial Services under the sister secretarial firms, Central Nominees Limited and GE & P Nominees Limited and now under that of Okibe Lawhouse. These include the attendance of Company Board and General Meetings and the taking of minutes of those meetings, filing of documents and making of appropriate returns to the government and its agencies etc.
As a Partner, Prof Chukwuemerie is personally involved in his firm’s aggressive drive to fulfill its corporate mission which is, To be a most efficient, most specialised christian, commercial law firm that applies the law for results – to solve rather than create or compound business problems; and to be one of the three (3) best law firms in the world within 20 years. He co-ordinates the work of other partners and members of staff to see that the corporate vision as thoroughly considered and understood each time in the firms work and history is realised.
He is the author of five well received law practitioners’ textbooks and about 60 articles published mostly in international learned journals of the highest repute and standing in their different areas of law. He is also the author of about 15 chapters in other books and liber amicirum across the continents. He has presented some 37 conference papers in the different continents as well.
He is a member of the following professional associations: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; London Court of International Arbitration; Arbitrator & Mediator, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Switzerland; Lagos Court of Arbitration, Lagos, Nigeria; ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADRs; International Council for International Commercial Arbitration (ICCA); Nigerian Bar Association; Nigerian Society of International Law; International Bar Association (Section on Business Law); Advocates International; Society for Corporate Governance, Nigeria; LCIA MIACArbitration Centre, Mauritius and many others.
Prof. Chukwuemerie’s hobbies includes; Reading biographies, Photography and Poetry. He has about fifteen yet to be published poems on diverse areas of life.
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