Ofodile named Scholar-in-Residence at NYU School of Law


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Uche E. Ofodile

Uche Ewelukwa Ofodile, EJ Ball Professor of Law, has been named Scholar-in-Residence at New York University Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, commonly known as CHRGJ.

At NYU Law, Ofodile will pursue two different lines of research. His first line of research focuses on the legal, regulatory and policy implications of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies for national, regional and international law and global governance. As part of this research, she will examine the implications of agricultural AI for human rights, global governance, climate change and sustainable development.

His second line of research focuses on the increasing legalization and regulatory tightening of corporate social responsibility and environmental, social and governance standards, or more widely known as ESG standards, in various jurisdictions and legal instruments. international. Ofodile is particularly interested in the emergence and dissemination of legal and regulatory frameworks for supply chain due diligence, including mandatory ESG-related due diligence laws.

“NYU Law’s innovative, interdisciplinary and internationalized approach to legal education is a major attraction for me,” Ofodile said. “Globalization has brought a growing list of new and highly complex legal issues that legal practitioners must deal with today. NYU Law’s CHRGJ prepares law students for a world of work that is not only rapidly changing, but also highly globalized, highly technological, and increasingly shaped by the social, environmental, and governance crisis at all levels. I am truly honored to have been invited to interact with CHRGJ students, scholars, and faculty at the school.”

Ofodile is a faculty member of the LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law at the School of Law and an Affiliate Professor of African and African American Studies at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the U of A. She is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and life member of the US Council on Foreign Relations.

Ofodile’s teaching, research and scholarship focus on intellectual property law, international investment law, international dispute resolution, agricultural and food law, corporate social responsibility, as well as technology and law. Ofodile is the founder, organizer and facilitator of the “Patent Bootcamp for Women and Minorities in STEM”, a community service project offered by the Arkansas Law School for individuals and small businesses. The bootcamp will return in 2022.

Ofodile is widely published; his articles and essays, many of which are grounded in political theory and history, have been published in numerous peer-reviewed and policy-oriented journals. She is currently finishing two books: Legal Aspects of Sino-African Trade and Investments (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) and Business and Human Rights in Africa (forthcoming, from Routledge). His most recent essays include “Will Washington Ever Get Around to Regulating Artificial Intelligence?” published in January 2022 in LAWYER and “Businesses and the EU’s Proposed ‘Artificial Intelligence Act’: Major Points of Controversy”, published in December 2021 in LAWYER.

Ofodile is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of International legal documents, a publication of the American Society of International Law, and serves as the book review editor for The law and practice of international courts and tribunals. She is an active member of the American Society of International Law and the International Law Section of the American Bar Association and has held leadership positions in both organizations. She is the outgoing Secretary General of the African Society of International Law. Ofodile has taught at many universities around the world and has received many prestigious awards, including an award from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.

NYU Law is an intellectual powerhouse, one of the world’s leading law schools, and a leader in international law. CHRGJ was established in 2002 to bring together and expand the rich range of teaching, research, clinical, internship, and publishing activities undertaken within NYU Law on matters of international human rights law. Today, CHRCJ is a leading international law program in the country. The CHRCJ aims to generate substantial, cutting-edge and sophisticated contributions to human rights and legal research, to actively engage in public affairs and to make original and constructive contributions to policy debates in human rights courses.

About the School of Law: The law school offers a competitive JD as well as an advanced LL.M. curriculum, which are taught by nationally recognized faculty. The school offers unique opportunities for students to participate in pro bono work, internships, live client clinics, competitions, and food and agriculture initiatives. The school strives to identify, discuss and challenge issues of race, color, ethnicity and the impact they have on students, faculty and staff members with the aim to create a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. From admitting the six pioneers who were the first African-American students to attend law school in the South without a court order to graduating governors, judges, prosecutors and professors who became President of the United States and Secretary of State, Law The school has a rich history and culture. Follow us on @uarklaw.

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