Okechukwu Ejims qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria in 2003 and is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chartered institute of Arbitrators London, African International Legal Awareness and British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
He has over 10 years multi- jurisdictional experience as a lawyer, investment consultant and researcher.
He has an LLM in corporate and commercial law from the Centre for Commercial law Studies, Queen Mary University of London and a PhD from Leeds University, in which he specialised on human rights and international investment law in the context of the Niger Delta communities in Nigeria. As part of his PhD research, he did a study on the application of international law on the rights of indigenous peoples to communities in the Niger Delta and how Nigerian foreign investment laws affect these rights. He also recommended effective legal reforms in Nigeria to protect these rights. Dr Ejims has practiced law in firms in Nigeria and the United Kingdom and also teaches on the World Trade and International Investment Law modules at the School of Law University of Leeds. International trade law, investment law and dispute settlement all fall within Dr Ejims’s areas of research and consulting. In addition to his work as a lecturer and researcher, he is a contributor in developing Oxford Reports on International Investment Claims and Bilateral Investment Treaties, and a member of the African Union Law Research Project, which won an initial grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and held its inaugural workshop in June 2017 at the Sussex University, Brighton.