Personal profile

Research interests

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

Lead, Law, Society and Justice  (LawSoJust) Research and Enterprise Group 

Founder and Lead, Critical Law and Corporate Social Responsibility Network 

Member, African Union Law Research Network 

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 was a member of the Libraries committee of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) 2016-2021. She was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Institute for Adavanced Legal Studies (IALS) Open Book Service in 2019. In 2021, she became part of the Editorial Board for the IALS OBserving Law Series.

Adaeze is currently Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lead for the School of Business and Law.


Supervisory Interests

She is currently supervising three PhD students.

She would like to hear from potential postgraduate students interested in legal corporate accountability, corporate social responsibility, dispute resolution systems and sustainable development areas.

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

Visiting Professor , Coal City University

Sept 2020 → …

Associate Academic Fellow, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple


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