Dr Eki Omorogbe

Lecturer in Law

Eki Omorogbe

School/Department: Leicester Law School

Telephone: +44 (0)116 223 1048



I am founder and co-chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN) a multi-disciplinary research network of academics and practitioners (see Research section). I am also a member of the African Union Law Research Network the African Expert Group on International Criminal Justice and the World Anti-Corruption Research Network (WARN). In 2021 I was nominated as a Woman to Watch in Law by the Institute of African Women in Law for using the law for societal change and development. 

Before joining Leicester in August 2007 I taught Law at the University of Kent. I have also worked in the City of London in commercial insurance and I have practised Law in Nigeria.


My research field is African States and International Law. I have been re-examining the principle of non-intervention in African states by investigating the legitimacy of governments; the use of force; civil conflicts; and the laws and policies of the international institutions (United Nations; African Union; International Criminal Court).

I have spearheaded funded research projects for ILPAN members including:

‘The Crisis of International Criminal Law in Africa’. The 2017 conferences at Universities of Leicester and Johannesburg were funded by the prestigious Modern Law Review.

‘Election-Related violence in West Africa’ (ongoing). The 2018 workshop at the University of Johannesburg was funded under the UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund.

I have also organised joint conferences for ILPAN. In June 2021 ILPAN held a webinar with the African Union Law Research Network on 'Corruption' and with the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice University of the Western Cape South Africa on 'Colonial Crimes'. 


Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'The African region's pushback against  Mercenaries', in Sergey Sayapin (ed.) International Conflict and Security Law (T.M.C. Asser Press/Springer, forthcoming)

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'The AU and Disputed Presidential Elections', in Olufemi Amao,; Michele Olivier, and Konstantin Magliveras (eds) The Emergent African Union Law (Oxford University Press, October 2021)

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'The Crisis of International Criminal Law in Africa: a regional regime in response?' (2019) Netherlands International Law Review**

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'The African Union, the Boko Haram crisis and violence against women' 2017 (2) Ragion Pratica 437-466

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, #The African Union and the International Criminal court: What to do with Non-Party Heads of State?' in H.J. van der Merwe and Gerhard Kemp (eds.) International Criminal Justice in Africa, 2016 (Konrad Adenauer Stiftung/Strathmore University Press, 2017) 37-60

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'The African Union, Responsibility to Protect and the Libyan crisis' (2012) 59(2) Netherlands International Law Review 141-163.

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'A Club of Incumbents? The African Union and Coups d'Etat' (2011) 44 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 123-154.

Eki Yemisi Omorogbe, 'Can the African Union Deliver Peace and Security' (2011) 16(1) Journal of Conflict and Security Law 35-62.


Public International Law African states and Peace and Security Constitutions Democracy and Elections Use of Force International Humanitarian Law Responsibility to Protect doctrine; Humanitarian Intervention; Internal Displacement; International and African regional organisations; International and African regional courts.


PhD Supervision; LLM International Law and the Use of Force (Module Convenor); LLM General Principles of International Law; LLB Public International Law; LLB Law of Torts

Press and media

The African Union Law Policy Architecture and Actions re: Peace and Security; Intervention in African States; Democracy/Elections in Members States; State Armed Groups including Boko Haram and Mercenaries; Human Rights and Development; International and Regional Organisations (the United Nations; the European Union ECOWAS SADC IGAD the International Criminal Court; African Regional Courts) 


Since October 2016 Member of ESRC GCRF Peer Review College reviewing grant applications for the ESRC and the AHRC.

Since November 2015 Founder and co-Chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN).


2021 I was nominated as a Woman to Watch in Law by the Institute of African Women in Law for using the law for societal change and development.

2021 I was an invited Speaker at a webinar held by the African Union Office of the Legal Counsel to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Entry into Force of the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

2020 I was the Keynote Speaker at the Inaugural Black History Month talk at Leicester Law School University of Leicester. 


2020 Invited Panellist at Kent International Law Society University of Kent at Canterbury ‘International Law Through an African Lens’.

2019 'The African Union and the Boko Haram crisis'. University of Essex’s ‘Gender Perspectives on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Responses’ 2-day Workshop.

2018 ‘The role of courts in ameliorating violence in elections’ Election-Related Violence in West Africa Workshop University of Johannesburg.

2018 Guest Speaker ‘The African Union the United Nations and Responsibility to React’ SARCIL Centre University of Johannesburg.

2017 ‘The African Union’s Malabo Protocol and Unconstitutional Changes of Government’ African Union Law Research Network Workshop London School of Economics University of London.

2017 ‘The UN Security Council and the criminal accountability of senior state officials at the ICC’ MLR conference.

Media coverage



PhD on ‘International Law and African Civil Conflicts: The case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo 1996 and 1998’ University of Kent

LLM in Maritime Law University College London

Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria

LLB (Hons.) University of Warwick 

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