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Prof Femi Amao

University College Cork, Ireland & School of Law
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climate justice, climate change, African Union law, sustainable development
Femi Amao is a Professor of Company Law & Sustainability. Femi was previously a Reader in Law at the Sussex Law School, University of Sussex (2019-2023) and a Senior Lecturer in Corporate/Commercial Law (2015-2019). He was also previously Lecturer in International Commercial Law at the Brunel Law School, Brunel University, London (2009-2015) and a Lecturer in Law at the University College Cork, Ireland (2008-2009). He is the author of Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the Law: Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2011) and African Union Law: The Emergence of a Sui Generis Legal Order (Routledge, 2019). He also co-edited the book The Emergent African Union Law: Conceptualization, Delimitation, and Application (Oxford University Press, 2021). Femi’s research broadly focuses on the examination of the role of law in the regulation of new social phenomena or emerging social change. He explores these issues principally in the areas of Company Law & Sustainability. In that context, he is currently focusing on Corporations and Sustainability in Africa and also business and human rights. Femi is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland (PhD and PG Cert 2009) where he was a recipient of the President’s scholarship for his research; University of Warwick, UK (LLM, 2005); University of Ibadan, Nigeria (LLM, 2003); Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (LLB, 1997) and University of Ilorin, Nigeria (BA, 1991). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999 and worked as a barrister in Nigeria with a prominent law firm that represented the government and major multinational corporations. He is holds a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), UK and was awarded the University of Sussex Teaching Award - Transformative Technology award in 2021. Femi has published articles in reputable national and international journals including the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Journal of African Law, Journal of Business Ethics, Dublin University Law Journal, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, International Journal of Human Rights, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and UCD Law Review. He has also published Chapters in books including André Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos (ed.) The Practice of Shared Responsibility in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016).M. Ssenyonjo (ed.) The African Regional Human Rights System: 30 Years after the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. (Martinus Nijhoff, 2012). He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences in his areas of expertise. He was the PI for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded African Union Law Research project.