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Professor Hakeem Yusuf

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Professional biography

I am Professor in Global Law and Head of the Law School. I have worked in each of the three legal systems of the UK – in Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast; in Scotland at Strathclyde; and, most recently, in England and Wales at Birmingham and Derby universities. I am also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In an early career, I worked as a legal practitioner in the public and private practice. My work in transitional justice has won international recognition. My book, Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth Peace, Order and Good Government (Routledge Abingdon 2014) was awarded the prestigious John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History 2015 by the Osgoode Society of Canadian Legal History. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 Kevin Boyle Prize of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.

Research interests

My research interests are in Global Law with speciffic focus on:

Transitional Justice

Business and Human Rights

Colonial Legal History

Economic and Social Rights

Comparative Constitutionalism 

Teaching interests

Transitional Justice

International Human Rights Law

Constitutional Law

International Disputes Resolution


Impact and engagement

I have worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations in the areas of my research interest nationally and internationally. In 2011, I was appointed and served as a Commissioner of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Osun State (South-West) Nigeria. I have consulted for the United States Department of Justice (USDoJ) and Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar among others. My work on the salience of judicial accountability in formerly authoritarian societies has been a path-breaking one. The significance of my original research in this area has now moved the theme of judicial accountability in transitional societies into the arena of policy and practice of transitional justice. For instance, judicial accountability has moved into the forefront of the work of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ, Geneva), the foremost independent, not-for-profit organisation for the protection and promotion of rule of law and judicial independence. I consulted for the ICJ on judicial accountability between 2011 and 2016 leading to the development and publication of its practitioner's guide on judicial accountability ((



Access to Medicine in Developing Countries: Instituting State Obligation over Corporate Profit (2021)
Yusuf, Hakeem and Omoteso, Kamil
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 29(1) ((In Press))

The U.N. Committee of 24’s Dogmatic Philosophy of Recognition: Toward a Sui Generis Approach to Decolonization (2019)
Yusuf, Hakeem and Tanzil, Chowdhury
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, 26(2) (pp. 437-460)

The Persistence of Colonial Constitutionalism in British Overseas Territories (2019)
Yusuf, Hakeem O. and Chowdhury, Tanzil
Global Constitutionalism, 8(1) (pp. 157-190)

Colonialism and Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Nigeria (2018)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
International Journal of Transitional Justice, 12(2) (pp. 257-276)

Accountability of Transnational Corporations in the Developing World: The Case for an Enforceable International Mechanism (2017)
Omoteso, Kamil and Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Critical Perspectives on International Business, 13(1) (pp. 54-71)

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa – Taking Account of Islam (2017)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, 14(1) (pp. 145-170)

Combating Environmental Irresponsibility of TNCs in Africa: An Empirical Analysis (2016-01)
Yusuf, Hakeem O. and Omoteso, Kamil
Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 21(11) (pp. 1372-1386)

Corporations, human rights and corporate social responsibility in Africa: between neglect and inadequate policy direction (2014-03-04)
Yusuf, Hakeem and Ismail, Adelopo
International Journal of Law and Management, 56(2)

Guest Editorial: Corporations, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Between Neglect and Inadequate Policy Direction (2014-03-04)
Yusuf, Hakeem O. and Adelopo, Ismail
International Journal of Law and Management, 56(2) (pp. 86-87)

S.A.S v France ‘Living Together’ or Forced Assimilation? (2014)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
International Human Rights Law Review, 3(2) (pp. 277-302)

Harvest of violence: The Neglect of Basic Rights and the Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria (2013)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6(3) (pp. 371-391)

High Value’ Migration and Complicity for Underdevelopment and Corruption in the Global South – Receiving from the Attic (2012-04-29)
Yusuf, Hakeem O
Third World Quarterly, 33(3) (pp. 441-457)

Rule of Law and Politics of Anti-Corruption Reform in a Post-Authoritarian State - The Case of Nigeria (2011)
Yusuf, HO
King's Law Journal, 22 (pp. 57-83)

The Judiciary and Political Change in Africa: Developing Transitional Jurisprudence in Nigeria International (2009-10)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
International Journal of Constitutional Law, 7(4) (pp. 654-682)

Calling the Judiciary to Account for the Past: Transitional Justice and Judicial Accountability in Nigeria (2008-04)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Law & Policy, 30(2) (pp. 194-226)

Oil on troubled waters: Multi-national corporations and realising human rights in the developing world, with specific reference to Nigeria (2008)
Yusuf, Hakeem
African Human Rights Law Journal, 8(1) (pp. 79-107)

Democratic transition, judicial accountability and judicialisation of politics in Africa (2008)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
International Journal of Law and Management, 50(5) (pp. 236-261)

Robes on Tight Ropes: The Judicialisation of Politics in Nigeria (2008)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Global Jurist, 8, Article 3(2)

Travails of Truth: Achieving Justice for Victims of Impunity in Nigeria (2007-07)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
International Journal of Transitional Justice, 1(2) (pp. 268-286)

The Judiciary and Constitutionalism in Transitions: A Critique (2007)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Global Jurist, 7(3)

Colonial and post-colonial constitutionalism in the Commonwealth: peace, order and good government (2013-12-13)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
ISBN : 9780203068045 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Transitional justice, judicial accountability and the rule of law (2010-04-29)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Transitional Justice
ISBN : 9780203851753 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Challenges, Limits and Prospects of ‘Judicial Governance’ in Nigeria’s Political Translation (1999-2014) (2020-06-29)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
In: Seidel, Katrin and Elleisie, Hateem eds. Normative Spaces and Legal Dynamics in Africa. Law and Anthropology Series (pp. 83-106)
ISBN : 9780367859060 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Human Rights Violations Investigations Panel (Oputa Panel) (2013-01-13)
Yusuf, Hakeem
In: Stan, Lavinia and Nedelsky, Nadia eds. Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (pp. 160-165)
ISBN : 9781139226561 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge

Country Studies: Nigeria (2013-01)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
In: Stan, Lavinia and Nedelsky, Nadia eds. Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice (pp. 333-339)
ISBN : 9781139031134 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge

Transitional Justice: Theories, Mechanisms and Debates (2021)
Yusuf, Hakeem and Van Der Merwe, Hugo eds.
ISBN : 9781138794085 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

African Transitional Justice Research Project: Case Study on Transitional Justice in Nigeria (2018)
Yusuf, Hakeem
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa, South Africa.

Nigeria: The Colonial Legacy and Transitional Justice (2017-10)
Yusuf, Hakeem O.
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa.