Dr Ohio Omiunu

Job: Lecturer

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: Room 6.102, Hugh Aston Building, De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7166

E: Ohio.Omiunu@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/bal


Personal profile

Ohio joined the Law School in February 2016. Ohio specialises in international economic law broadly defined. He is currently researching into the complex interaction of global, national and sub-national economic governance institutions in a fast evolving international economic landscape. He received his PhD in Law from the University of Liverpool in 2015. His thesis was titled ‘Moving from ‘central exclusivity to cooperative federalism in the international economic participation of federal systems: A case study of Nigeria’. Prior to that, he completed his LLM in International Business Law at the University of Hull, UK in 2010. Ohio is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Research group affiliations

Research Centre for Research in Accountability, Governance and Sustainability (CRAGS)  

Publications and outputs 

Book Chapter Contributions

  • O Omiunu, ‘Trade and agriculture in Nigeria: An examination of deficiencies in Nigeria’s framework for international trade in agricultural commodities’ in RT Ako and DS Olawuyi, (eds) Food and agricultural law: Readings on sustainable agriculture and the law in Nigeria, (Afe Babalola University Press: Ado Ekiti, 2015);


  • O Omiunu, 'Restrictions of vessels for domestic trade under the Nigerian Cabotage Act: Extent and scope' in E Azinge and O Eruaga (eds) Cabotage law in Nigeria (Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Abuja, 2012).


Journal Articles




  • Omiunu (Book Review) Economic relations between Australia and the European Union: Law and policy (2015) International Trade Law and Regulation, Issue 4, 131-132;


  • RT Ako, I Aniye and O Omiunu, ‘Optimising the development options in TWCs: Looking beyond foreign aid’ (2014) Ife Journal of international and Comparative Law Vol.1 No. 2, 240-259;


  • RT Ako and O Omiunu, ‘Amnesty in the Niger Delta: Vertical movement towards self-determination or lateral policy shift?’ (2013) Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Vol. 1 Issue 1, 86 – 99;


  • O Omiunu, ‘Special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions and the participation of developing countries in international trade: A case for reform’ (2013) Nigerian Bar Journal, Vol. 8 No. 1, 43 – 70;
  • VP Gonzalo and O Omiunu, Regional trade agreements and the neo-colonialism of the United States of America and the European Union: A critique of the principle of competitive imperialism’ (2011) Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 32, 225–235;


  • O Omiunu and others, ‘Information and communication technology and the Nigerian rules of evidence’ (2008) University of Benin Law Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 1 and 2, 83 – 93.

International Conference Papers:

  • O Omiunu, 'The role of non-traditional actors (NTAs) in the design of international economic agreements in the 21st century' Paper delivered at the MC11 THINK TRACK WTO Conference: “Thinking about a Global Trade Governance for the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities on the Eve of the. WTO´s 11th Ministerial Conference”. Buenos Aires, Argentina (December 2017) https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/15115;


  • O Omiunu, ‘The evolving role  of sub-national actors in international economic regulations: A case study of the Canada-EU CETA’ Paper delivered at the 6th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics of the Society of  International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL), Tilburg, Netherlands (April 2017);


  • O Omiunu, ‘Incoherence on the role of subnational actors  in the evolving mechanisms for international trade interactions: A comparative analysis of Belgium and Canada’ Paper to be delivered at the 5th Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Johannesburg, South Africa (July 2016) https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/13049;


  • O Omiunu, ‘Subnational foreign economic interactions in Nigeria’ Paper delivered at the ‘Nigeria Research Day’, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (June 2016);


  • O Omiunu, ‘Institutional evolution in Nigeria’s international economic relations: Is there cause for worry or is everything under control?’ Paper delivered at the University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference: Emerging Issues in Law (January 2016);


  • RT Ako and O Omiunu, ‘Amnesty in the Niger Delta: Vertical movement towards self-determination or lateral policy shift?’ Paper delivered at the International Law Association: British Branch Annual Conference:  Self-Determination and Peoples: Recent Developments. (April 2011).

Key research outputs

O Omiunu, 'The Evolving Role of Sub-National Actors in International Economic Relations:Lessons from the Canada-European Union CETA (2017) Netherlands Yearbook of International Law Springer, Vol. 48 (forthcoming) (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3041324)


M Sattorova, O Omiunu and M Erkan, ‘How do host states respond to Investment Treaty Law?: Some  empirical observations’ (2016) European Year Book of International Economic Law (Special Issue), Springer, (forthcoming) (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2703272)


VP Gonzalo and O Omiunu, Regional trade agreements and the neo-colonialism of the United States of America and the European Union: A critique of the principle of competitive imperialism’ (2011) Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 32, 225–235 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10991-011-9099-8)

Research interests/expertise

Ohio welcome enquiries from those wishing to read for a PhD degree in any of the areas where he has research interests.These include:

International Economic Law (Regional Integration, WTO Law, International Investment Law and Economic Development)

Comparative Federalism

Global Governance

Multilevel Governance

African Union Law 

Areas of teaching

  • Business Law (UK Domestic, Comparative International Perspectives)
  • International Economic Law


LLB  (Hons.) (University of Benin);

LLM: International Business Law (University of Hull);

PhD: International Economic Law (University of Liverpool)

Courses taught

  • Business Entities
  • International Arbitration
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • The Lawyer in the Market Place

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)
  • Socio-Legal Scholars Association (SLSA)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

Internally funded research project information


Awarded £1,500 to carry out a teaching innovation project titled: promoting commercial awareness among non-business disciplines at De Montfort University. 

Personal distinctions

  • Awarded a 3 years Graduate Teaching Assistant/PhD Scholarship by the School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool
  • Invited by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to participate in a technical committee meeting for the reformation of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Laws in Nigeria (Oct, 2011)
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