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Meet the Speaker – Professor Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, SAN, OON

Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, Ph.D. (Nig.), LLM (London), LL.B. (Nig.), BL, Diploma, Peace & Conflict Res (Uppsala). She is an activist and versatile legal scholar recognized as a leading authority in the field of human rights, especially on the rights of women and children in Africa. She teaches Law at the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria and pioneered, since 1997, the teaching of the Course, “Women, Children and the Law” making her Faculty and University the first to do so. Prof. Joy Ngozi Ezeilo has served severally as the Head of Department of Public and Private Law, Public Law, Associate Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. She is currently the Director, University’s Advancement Centre.

Professor Ezeilo was appointed in 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, especially women and children, and served in that capacity globally until July 31st 2014. She was also appointed in December 2013 by the UN Secretary General as a member of the 5 persons Board of Trustees UN Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking. She is the founding director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), a national organization that promotes human rights of women and young people that also runs the Tamar Sexual Assault Referral Centre. She was a former Commissioner for Gender and Social Development, Enugu State, a federal delegate to the National Political Reform Conference and served also as a member of the Governing Council, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

Professor Joy Ezeilo is a recipient of the prestigious British Chevening scholarship (1995) and a grantee of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Funds for Leadership Development (1998). She has also received several national and international awards, including being conferred with a Nigerian Government national honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 2006 by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo(GCFR) in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the area of nation building, legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service.

Joy Ngozi Ezeilo is a visiting professor to several universities, especially in North America, including being a fellow –in- residence, University of California, Irvine; and a regent Professor, University of California, Riverside (2001). As a legal practitioner, barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, she takes on human rights cases on a pro bono basis, representing poor and vulnerable women and young people. She has delivered public lectures around the world on human rights, human trafficking, gender, peace, democracy and good governance, and has published extensively in similar areas of law. She has served as a consultant/trainer in human rights, gender issues, HIV/AIDS, governance and conflict resolution to many international and national organizations, including National Judicial Institute (NJI), UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF, MacArthur Foundation, UNFPA, ILO, DFID, EU, etc. She is currently a consultant to the Senate of National Assembly on Constitutional Review.

Some of her publications apart from numerous papers and technical reports written for and published widely by United Nations are: Trafficking in human beings in the African context, Chapter 5 of the Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking Edited by Ryszard Piotrowicz, Conny Rijken and Baerbel HeideUhl, Published by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2017; Towards an Effective Remedy for Crime Victims in the Administration of Criminal Justice in Nigeria, Nigeria Current Legal Problem, 2015- 2016; PP 47-83, published by the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).Achievements of the Trafficking Protocol: Perspectives from the former UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Anti-Trafficking Review (2015), Assessing the Level of Women Participation in the 2015 Nigerian General Elections, MambayyaHouse Journal of Democratic Studies

The event is scheduled to hold as follows:
Date: 21st March, 2024
Time: 3:30pm WAT , 10:30am EST
Platform: Zoom

Topic: Strengthening the Justice Sector in Africa: Ensuring Access to Justice via Mediation.

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