Dr Chukwuma Okoli

Dr Chukwuma Okoli

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer in Commercial Conflict of Laws

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Chukwuma Okoli is inter alia the author of two major books on conflict of laws that were published in 2020: (a) Place of Performance: A Comparative Analysis (Oxford: Hart 2020), and (b) Private International Law in Nigeria (with Professor Richard Frimpong Oppong) (Oxford: Hart 2020). He specialises in conflict of laws, international commercial litigation and international civil procedure. He is also a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, and has previously provided consultancy services on the content of Nigerian law.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Amsterdam/TMC Asser Institute, 2019 -2021
  • PhD, University of Luxembourg, 2018
  • LLM, University of Aberdeen, 2012
  • BL, Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus, 2008
  • LLB, University of Benin, Nigeria, 2007


Dr Chukwuma Okoli is a Lecturer in Commercial Conflict of Laws at the University of Birmingham, one of the editors on conflict of laws.net, and a co-founder of the Nigerian Group on Private International Law.

Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, he was inter alia, a Postdoctoral Researcher at TMC Asser Institute/University of Amsterdam for well over two years, a Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Luxembourg for about four years, where he taught Comparative Private International law, Comparative English Law of Contract, and Comparative English Law of Tort. He has a special interest in international commercial litigation or commercial conflict of laws.

He is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2008. He practiced law in reputable law firms for about three years in the area of domestic and international commercial transactions. He also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen and undertook his PhD in commercial conflict of laws (University of Luxembourg), where his PhD was graded as "without corrections" and "very good". He graduated with a Second Class Upper Division both at the University of Benin, Nigeria in 2007, and Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus in 2008.

His principal research interest is in all aspects of Private International Law/Conflict of Laws, with a special focus on the Nigeria, Africa, United Kingdom and the European Union. He has significant publications on these subjects. He is the author of a substantial monograph on a civil and commercial aspect of European Union Private International Law, and the co-author of the leading text on Nigerian Private International Law.

He has also provided consultancy services on the content of Nigerian law.


  • Commercial Conflict of Laws at Postgraduate (Seminar Leader)
  • Financing of International Trade at Postgraduate
  • Equity and Trusts at Undergraduate

Postgraduate supervision

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My research is focused on conflict of laws with a special focus on international commercial litigation in Nigeria, Africa, United Kingdom and the European Union. I am currently working on writing a major text on conflict of laws in Africa.


Recent publications


Okoli, C 2020, Place of Performance: A Comparative Analysis. 1 edn, Hart Publishing, Oxford.

Okoli, C & Oppong, R 2020, Private International Law in Nigeria. 1 edn, Hart Publishing, Oxford.


Okoli, C 2021, 'Analysis of choice of court agreements in Nigeria in the Year 2020', Nederlands Internationaal Privaatrecht, vol. 2021, no. 2, pp. 292-305.

Okoli, C 2021, 'Owen v Galgey', Journal of Personal Injury Law, vol. 2021, no. 2, pp. 78-82.

Okoli, C & Roberts, E 2019, 'The Operation of Article 4 of Rome II Regulation in English and Irish Courts', Journal of Private International Law, vol. 15, pp. 605 - 625.

Okoli, C 2015, 'AASA : Locating the Central Administration of a Subsidiary Company which is part of a Group of Companies under Article60 of Brussels I Regulation', European Company Law, pp. 13-18.

Okoli, C 2015, 'Choice of law for Contract of Carriage of Goods in the European Union”', Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, no. 4, pp. 512-525.

Okoli, C 2014, 'English Courts Address the Potential Convergence between the Doctrines of Piercing the Corporate Veil, Party Autonomy in Jurisdiction Agreements and Privity of Contract', Journal of Business Law, no. 3, pp. 252 - 261.

Okoli, C 2014, 'Late Payment of Freight and Hire – Power to Award Interest under the 1998 Act', Journal of International Maritime Law, no. 4, pp. 252 - 256.

Okoli, C 2013, 'The Significance of the Doctrine of Accessory Allocation as a Connecting Factor under Article4 of Rome I Regulation', Journal of Private International Law, vol. 9, pp. 449-497.

Okoli, C 2012, 'Production Sharing Agreements and Licences : A Distinction Without a Difference', International Energy Law Review, pp. 282 - 284.


Okoli, C 2020, Choice of Law in the European Union: Common Law Procedure and Evidence. in Yearbook of Private International Law. vol. XXI, pp. 189 - 199.


Okoli, C 2022, 'Territorial jurisdiction relating to succession and administration of estates under Nigerian conflict of laws', African Journal of International and Comparative Law, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 124-128. https://doi.org/10.3366/ajicl.2022.0397)

Review article

Okoli, C 2020, 'International Commercial Litigation in English Speaking Africa: A Critical Review', Journal of Private International Law, vol. 16, pp. 189 - 203.

Okoli, C 2014, 'Sowing the Seeds of a Future African Union Private International Law : A Review of Private International Law in Commonwealth Africa', Journal of Private International Law, vol. 10, pp. 517 - 533.

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