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Adaeze Okoye


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Research interests

Corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, oil and gas law, business and human rights, law and African development.

Scholarly biography

Adaeze Okoye (nee Ifesi) has previously worked at the Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Hull. Educated both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom, she is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. An active researcher, she has written chapters in edited collections and peer reviewed articles in notable journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, Corporate Governance and the International Journal of Law and Management. In December 2016 her monograph on legal approaches and corporate social responsibility was published by the Routledge research in corporate law series.

She participated in the first annual Harvard Law School, Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop in June 2010. She was an Academic Fellow of the Honourable society of Inner Temple from 2015 - 2018 and upon successfull completion of her tenure, became an Associate Academic Fellow. She was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) 2015- 2016. She is a member of the Libraries committee of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS). She was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Institute for Adavanced Legal Studies (IALS) Open Book Service in 2019.

Supervisory Interests

She is currently supervising three PhD students.

She would like to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in legal corporate accountability 

Knowledge exchange

I coordinate the  critical law and corporate social responsibility  network. This brings together practitioners, students and academics to discuss and analyse key issues in the area of business accountability and law.

We have hosted three annual conferences:

Critical legal perspectives and corporate social responsibility June 2016 (funded by IALS and Inner temple)

Critical law and corporate crime June 2017 (funded by the Society of Legal scholars and Inner Temple)

Business, Human rights and corporate vulnerability June 2018 (funded by Inner Temple)



Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Dundee

PhD, University of Hull

External positions

Associate Academic Fellow, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

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Research Output 2002 2018

Ascertaining Corporate Sustainability from 'below': The Case of the Ghanaian Rural Mining Communities

Okoye, A. & Osuteye, E., 24 May 2018, Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an agent of change. Sjåfjell, B. & Lynch Fannon, I. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 67-88

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

environmental consciousness

Law’s Ethics and Sustainability: Corporate Tax and Sustainable Social Structures

Okoye, A. & Onyejekwe, C., 23 Aug 2018, Sustainability and the Humanities. Leal Filho, W. & Consorte McCrea, A. (eds.). Springer, p. 525-538

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Social structure
Corporate tax
Social values
Corporation tax

Piercing the corporate veil in Latin American jurisprudence: a comparison with the Anglo-American method

Okoye, A., 27 Sep 2018, In : Law Teacher.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook ReviewResearchpeer-review

Corporate enterprise principles and UK regulation of modern slavery in supply chains

Okoye, A., 1 May 2017, In : International Company and Commercial Law Review. 28, 5, p. 196-205 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Supply chain
Disclosure regulation

Activities 2012 2019

External Examiner LLM by Research Kent Law School, University of Kent

Adaeze Okoye (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

External Examiner PhD Examination Brunel University

Adaeze Okoye (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

External Examiner PhD examination Kingston University

Adaeze Okoye (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

European Journal of Current Legal Issues (Journal)

Adaeze Okoye (Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

External Examiner LLM in Law by Research (Kent)

Adaeze Okoye (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree