‘Jumoke is an accomplished international lawyer, academician and former investment banker. Her main areas of interest include International law, International economic law, human rights and development. She is currently on a sabbatical at the Presidency as the Senior Special Assistant to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on International Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President.
She was the holder of the Prince Claus Professorial Chair in Development and Equity at the Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Netherlands, between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015. Her principal area of research was on the right to development in the context of trade and human rights in Africa. The Prince Claus Chair is a visiting Professorial Chair in Development and Equity established in honour of the late Prince Claus of The Netherlands by the Curatorium, chaired by H.R.H Queen Maxima of the Netherlands.
In 2013, Jumoke became a recipient of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship of the African Leadership Institute, a prestigious and highly selective fellowship programme comprising of 23 to 26 young leaders drawn annually from across the African continent. In 2012, Jumoke was one of 25 recipients of the West African edition of the inaugural “Leadership for Change in Africa” fellowship programme. Working as catalysts for change in Africa, the said fellowship programme is an initiative by the Private Investors for Africa (PIA), aimed at creating a network of pan-African emerging leaders across all sectors.
She has participated in a voluntary capacity, in the work of a number of organizations including the FATE and Changing Our World Foundations. She is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of CSR Files™ leading information and resource reference point on corporate sustainable development in Africa. Jumoke has consistently mentored Nigerian youth in various capacities for over 15 years, and is regularly invited to speak at various youth fora. She currently serves as the only female judge on “The Next Titan”, a nation-wide reality television show geared at encouraging entrepreneurship among Nigerian youth as an answer to chronic youth unemployment.
She is co-founder of “No Limits,” a platform which focuses on inspiring and instilling leadership values in Nigerian youth. In addition, she currently sits on the boards of Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA), an HIV/AIDS advocacy NGO; and the “Know Your Constitution” Initiative, a civil liberties movement pioneered by one of her former students who is now a United Nations Young Ambassador for Peace. She was recently named as one of 15 Nigerian women of vision by Tiffany Amber, a high end fashion label.
Jumoke is passionate about developmental issues in Africa and has worked on and/or volunteered on one-off policy projects in the areas of development and national planning, tax reform, corruption, public health, and urban housing in Nigeria. She also currently assists the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) research department in an advisory capacity and was one of the main advocates and sponsors of the Civil Forfeiture and Remedies Bill submitted to the 7th National Assembly in 2013. Having successfully coordinated the maiden edition of “The Kuramo Conference” in 2010, Jumoke was appointed a founding Director of The Kuramo Foundation Ltd, a law and development non-profit organisation closely affiliated with the Lagos State Government which focuses on the use of law as a tool for social change.
Prior to her career in the academia and private practice, Jumoke led a corporate banking unit at Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. Prior to that, she was an investment banker with FCMB Capital Markets, a division of First City Monument Bank Plc and in that capacity worked on a number of capital raising, mergers and acquisition and privatisation transactions for local and multinational clients.
Jumoke was educated at Queens’ College, Lagos following which she studied law at the University of Lagos from where she graduated in 1998 with a second-class upper bachelor’s degree. She obtained an LL.M from Clare Hall, Cambridge University in 2000 where she had been a DFID-Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. In 2007, she obtained a masters degree in International Legal Studies from Stanford University. She was a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Centre on International Conflict and Negotiation between 2007 and 2008 and a visiting scholar at the University of Houston Law Centre, Houston, Texas between 2008 and 2010. She obtained a doctorate degree in International trade and development from Stanford Law School, USA in 2011.
Jumoke was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1999 and is also currently a lecturer at the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos where she has taught since 2004. She is an elected member of the University’s Senate and sits on the senate committee in charge of student scholarships, bursaries and loans.
Jumoke has published several articles in the areas of International Law, International Economic Law, Human Rights and Development. She is Vice President (West Africa) of the African Association of International Law, serves on the executive committee of the African International Economic Law Network and is a member of the Nigerian and American Societies of International Law (NSIL and ASIL) as well as the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). Jumoke is the immediate past Co-President of the Stanford Alumni Club of Nigeria and is a member of the Oxford and Cambridge (Oxbridge) Club of Nigeria’s CSR Committee.
Jumoke is an accomplished international lawyer, academician and former investment banker. She was the holder of the Prince Claus Professorial Chair in Development and Equity at the Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Netherlands, between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2015. The Prince Claus Chair is a visiting Professorial Chair in Development and Equity established in honour of the late Prince Claus of The Netherlands by the Curatorium, chaired by H.R.H Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Having previously served as an in-house lawyer with one of Nigeria’s most prestigious banking groups, Jumoke is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Nigeria’s foremost University – UNILAG where she has taught since 2004. She is widely known within the academic, private and public sectors for the scope of her experience and for her personable and resolutely practical manner.
1999 Admitted as Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Nigeria
1998 LL.B (Hons) University of Lagos, Nigeria 2000 LL.M Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom 2007 M.SC International Legal Studies, Stanford University, United States 2011 J.S.D Stanford Law School, Stanford University, United States
Areas of Practice
International Trade Law International Economic Law Human Rights and Development
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