Dr Ohio Omiunu

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law (VC2020)

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: Room 5.82, 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. He received his Ph.D. 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.’ Before that, he completed his LLM in International Business Law at the University of Hull, in 2010.

Ohio is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Ohio's research interests cut across disciplines such as international economic law, foreign relations law, comparative constitutional law, and comparative federal studies.

Ohio has published extensively on topics relating to the role of non-central and non-state actors in the negotiations and governance of bilateral, regional, mega-regional and multilateral economic agreements.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform

Publications and outputs 


O Omiunu and F Nganje, Subnational foreign relations in Africa: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Nigeria and South Africa (Routledge: forthcoming).

Book chapters in peer-reviewed edited books

O Omiunu, ‘The evolving role of sub-national actors in international economic relations: A case study of the Canada-European Union CETA’ in F Amtenbrink, D Prévost , and R Wessel (Eds.) Shifting Forms and Levels of Cooperation in International Economic Law: Structural Developments in Trade, Investment and Financial Regulation Netherlands Year Book of International Law Vol. 48, (T.M.C. Asser Press: Den Haag, 2017) (https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-6265-243-9_6).

O Omiunu, ‘How do host states respond to Investment Treaty Law?: Some empirical observations’ (with M Sattorova and M Erkan), in A Rasulov and J Haskell (Eds.) International Economic Law: New Voices, New Perspectives European Year Book of International Economic Law (Special issue) (Springer: forthcoming) (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2703272).

O Omiunu, ‘Trade and agriculture in Nigeria: An examination of deficiencies in Nigeria’s framework for international trade in agricultural commodities’ in R Ako and D 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).

Articles in peer-reviewed academic journals

Omiunu, 'The evolution of foreign economic relations in Nigeria' (with I Aniyie), South African Journal of International Affairs, Vol. 25, Issue 3, 2018, pp. 365-392. 10.1080/10220461.2018.1526111

O Omiunu, ‘The evolving role of sub-national actors in the mechanisms for international trade interactions: A comparative analysis of Belgium and Canada’, Global Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2017, pp. 105-137 (http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/2211906x-00602001).

O Omiunu, ‘Special and differential treatment (SDT) provisions and the participation of developing countries in international trade: A case for reform’, Nigerian Bar Journal, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2013, pp. 43 – 70.

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’ (with VP Gonzalo), Liverpool Law Review, Vol. 32, 2011, pp. 225–235.

Occasional papers, book reviews, policy briefs, and think pieces

O Omiunu (2018) 'Nigeria must wake up to the changing role of state governments' The Conversation https://theconversation.com/nigeria-must-wake-up-to-the-changing-role-of-state-governments-103269

O Omiunu, (Book Review) International Trade Law and Regulation, Issue 4, 2016, pp. 131-132.

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

International Conference Papers

O Omiunu, ‘The ‘social legitimacy’ of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)’ Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, London, United Kingdom, September 2018.

O Omiunu, 'The role of non-traditional actors (NTAs) in the design of international economic agreements in the 21st century' 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, 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’ 6th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL), Tilburg, 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’ 5th Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Johannesburg, July 2016 https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/13049

O Omiunu, ‘Subnational foreign economic interactions in Nigeria’ Oxford University Nigeria Research Day, Oxford, June 2016.

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

Research interests/expertise

Ohio welcomes 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)
  • Foreign Relations Law
  • 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)

PGCLTHE:  Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (De Montfort University)

Courses taught

  • Business Entities
  • Company Law
  • International Arbitration
  • Law of International Trade

Membership of external committees

Co-chair of International Economic Law and Development Network

Secretary of Executive Committee for African International Economic Law Network

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Society of International Economic Law

  • International Development and International Economic Law Network

  • African International Economic Law Network

  • Society of Socio-Legal Scholars UK.

  • Society of Legal Scholars UK

  • Nigerian Bar Association

Current research students

Juliana Nnadi, ‘Internal democracy of political parties and electoral outcomes: a comparative study of Nigeria and South Africa’ Expected completion date: July 2020 (1st Supervisor).

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. 

Awarded £2,000.00 in a competitive research pitch organised by the DMU Faculty of Business and Law to conduct a feasibility study on a project titled: Subnational foreign relations in Africa: comparative perspectives from Nigeria and South Africa, March 2018.

Personal distinctions

  • Selected among 12 DMU researchers to participate in the VC’s Future Research Leaders Mentoring Scheme 2018/19 Cohort
  • Selected among 12 DMU researchers to participate in the university’s Leading Researchers Mentoring Scheme 2017/18 Cohort
  • Awarded a three year 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)

Internal roles and responsibilities

Programme Leader LLM International Business Law Full Time

Module Leader Business Entities (Level 6)

Module Leader Company Law (Level 7)

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Juliana Nnadi, ‘Internal democracy of political parties and electoral outcomes: a comparative study of Nigeria and South Africa’ Expected completion date: July 2020 (2nd Supervisor).