I joined Dundee Law School in January 2011. I hold degrees from the University of Edinburgh (PhD), the University of Warwick (LLM in Law in Development) and the University of Jos-Nigeria (LLB). I am also a qualified – but non-practising – Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
My research covers the theoretical study of law from the critical perspectives of other disciplines, such as sociology, politics and philosophy. Following on from this approach, my research looks at the relationship between law and development, the interface between human rights and development, community and participatory approaches to development and moral-philosophical approaches to poverty and development. Finally, my research considers the interface between law, human rights and development and also the relationship between human rights and global justice from critical and moral-philosophical perspectives. I have published on various aspects of these topics, including a monograph Human Rights from Community published by the Edinburgh University Press in 2013, in their Global Justice and Human Rights book series.
I am currently a recipient of an Early Career Fellowship (2015-16) from the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF) to work on a monograph that aims to develop an African legal theory of disability justice.
Justice, Law and Human Rights (LLB); Public Law II: Controls on Power (LLB); Global Human Rights: Traditions and Inspirations (LLM)
'[Disability] justice dictated by the surfeit of love: Simone Weil in Nigeria' Law and Critique, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 1-22. DOI:
'An African Legal Philosophy of Disability Justice: Between Discovery and Recognition ' vol Discovery & Recognition, no. X, pp. 33-38.
What does citizenship require of Africans, or what do Africans require of citizenship? in B De Sousa Santos & T Cunha (eds), International Colloquium Epistemologies of the South: : South-South, South-North and North-South Global Learnings – Proceedings. 1 edn, vol. 4, Centro de Estudos Sociais, Coimbra , pp. 267-283 .
African legal theory and contemporary problems: critical essays. Ius Gentium: comparative perspectives on law and justice, vol. 29, 2014 edn, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands. DOI:
Introduction. in O Onazi (ed.), African legal theory and contemporary problems: critical essays . 2014 edn, Ius Gentium: comparative perspectives on law and justice, vol. 29, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands , pp. 1-13. DOI:
Before rights and responsibilities: an African ethos of citizenship. in O Onazi (ed.), African legal theory and contemporary problems: critical essays . 2014 edn, Ius Gentium: comparative perspectives on law and justice, vol. 29, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 153-172. DOI:
Legal empowerment of the poor: does political participation matter? . in O Onazi (ed.), African legal theory and contemporary problems: critical essays. 2014 edn, Ius Gentium: comparative perspectives on law and justice, vol. 29, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 221-240. DOI:
Human rights from community: a rights-based approach to development. Studies in Global Justice and Human Rights , Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh .
Access to essential environmental technologies and poor communities: why human rights should be prioritized. in AEL Brown (ed.), Environmental technologies, intellectual property and climate change: accessing, obtaining and protecting. Elgar Law, Technology and Society Series, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, pp. 181-197.
What's love got to do with development? in M Del Mar & C Michelon (eds), The anxiety of the jurist : legality, exchange and judgement. Edinburgh/Glasgow Law and Society Series, Ashgate, Farnham.
'Legal empowerment of the poor: does political participation matter?' Journal Jurisprudence, vol 14, pp. 201-223.
Global harmony and the rule of law: proceedings of the 24th World Congress of the International Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Beijing 2009. Archiv für rechts- und sozialphilosophie (ARSP), vol. 130, vol. 1, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart.
Human rights, language and law: proceedings of the 24th World Congress of the International Association of Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Beijing 2009. Archiv für rechts- und sozialphilosophie (ARSP), vol. 131, vol. 2, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuggart.
'Towards a subaltern theory of human rights' Global Jurist, vol 9, no. 2, 8. DOI:
'Good governance and the marketization of human rights: a critique of the neoliberal normative approach' Law, Social Justice and Global Development, no. 2 (14), pp. 1-19.
'The moral quality of work in international economic institutions: resisting complacency' International Journal of Law in Context, vol 4, no. 4, pp. 337-372. DOI:
A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…
A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…
Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"
2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…
The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.
Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"
Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …
The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…
During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/348021/watch-stephen-fry-congratulates-dundee-academics-awards-victories/ by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…
Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…
Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.
Article and photo in The Courier
Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…
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Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)
La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)
Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking
Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…
A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…