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Professor Olufemi Elias, MA (Oxon), LLM (Cantab), PhD (London)


Visiting Professor of International Law


Dr Elias has taught the Law of Treaties and International Environmental Law at Queen Mary University of London for several years. Dr. Elias was Registrar (with the rank of a United Nations Assistant Secretary-General) of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. He was previously the Legal Adviser and a Director at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague, and prior to that the Executive Secretary of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal in Washington. He had worked earlier at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, serving as a legal adviser in the secretariat of its Governing Council, and subsequently as Special Assistant to the Commission’s Executive Secretary.

Dr Elias is an associate member of the Institut de Droit International. He has served as the Secretary-General of the African Association International Law and on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, from which he received the 2018 Honorary Membership award for distinguished service to international law. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, a Master of Law in international law from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in international law from University College London.

He is a member of the Nigerian Bar. He was a lecturer in international law at King’s College London, and has taught international law at other universities around the world. He has written and edited several books and articles on various aspects of international law.


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