Legal Luminary Profile: Hon. Justice E. A. Oji, PhD, FCIArb

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Hon. Justice (Prof) Elizabeth Ama Oji, FCIArb is from Etiti-Edda, Afikpo South Local Government Area, of Ebonyi State.

My Lord studied at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka where she obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, Lagos for her BL and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1996.

She obtained a Master’s Degree in International Law and Jurisprudence from the University of Nigeria, and another Master’s Degree from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University in International Humanitarian Law.

Justice Elizabeth also holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in law, from the same Nnamdi Azikiwe University.

In 1997, immediately after her Youth Service, Hon. Justice Elizabeth Oji, cut her teeth as academia with the Faculty of Law, Abia State University, Uturu, and later joined the service of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in 1999 as an Assistant Lecturer and rose to the rank of an Associate Professor in 2013.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, she taught and researched in various areas, including, Public International Law, Industrial/Labour Law, International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, Law of Labour Relations, Minority Rights Protection, and Jurisprudence.

At Nnamdi Azikiwe University, She equally served in various Faculty and University Committees, including as a Sub-Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies.

She is the author of the book, “Responsibility for Crimes under International Law”, and co-author of “Employment and Labour Law in Nigeria” and has written over 90 articles/papers both nationally and internationally.

She has been in the Editorial team of many journals/newsletters, and also co-editor to the book, “Commercial Law and Practice in Nigeria”. She is a two-time recipient of the United Nations Fellowship in international law, and an Alumna of The Hague Academy of International Law.

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She has served as the Chairperson of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Enugu State Branch, and National Treasurer, of FIDA Nigeria (2006-2012).

In 2017, she was appointed to the bench as a Judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria and was sworn in by the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

Quintessentially, On the 5th of November of 2021 in clear affirmation of her expertise and prowess in the judicial field, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, United Kingdom found her worthy after thorough examinations, fulfillment of all requirements inducted her into the Fellowship Class ‘Fellow’ of the Institute.

The  Council of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University on the 7th December 2021 announced her promotion to full professor of law with effect from 1st October 2016.

As an erudite Jurist, Hon. Justice Elizabeth has delivered many landmark judgments and rulings tailored within the labour and employment jurisprudence.

Hon. Justice (Prof) Elizabeth Oji, FCIArb is married to Elder (Chief) Ama Emea Oji and they are blessed with children and presently preside over matters at the Lagos Judicial division.

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