Matthew Ayibakuro Birmingham Law SchoolDoctoral researcher Contact details Emailanm380@bham.ac.uk Title of thesis: The Approach to Corruption in Law and Development Discourse: Towards a Rights-Based Perspective Supervisor: Professor Gordon Woodman and Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers Qualifications LLB BL PGDM Biography Matthew completed his Law degree at Niger Delta University with a First Class Honours. He subsequently attended the Nigerian Law School where he obtained his BL (Hons.) and was accordingly called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2012. He also holds a PGDM (with Distinction) from Albion College London. Matthew worked in Managerial positions in both the Public and Private Sectors in Nigeria before taking up a Lectureship to pursue a career in research and development practice. Doctoral research PhD title The Approach to Corruption in Law and Development Discourse: Towards a Rights-Based PerspectiveSupervisors Professor Gordon Woodman and Dr Rilka Dragneva-LewersCourse Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur Research Matthew’s research examines the approach to corruption adopted in the field of law and development from its origins in the 1950s to date. It chronicles the various moments in the development of the field from state-led models of development to neoliberalism and to the emergence of a “new developmentalism” with particular emphasis on how the approach to corruption during each moment may have impacted the efficacy or otherwise of current anti-corruption regimes in sub-Saharan Africa. His research further examines the emerging interest in the effect of corruption on human rights in law and development discourse by considering the theoretical and empirical dimensions of this relationship. Other activities Committee Member: Birmingham Law School PGR Summer Conference 2014. Member, PGR Board, Birmingham Law School. Matthew blogs at The Africa Development Dialogue.