Courses: Business Entities, Commercial Paper, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Seminar on Urban Legal Problems
Expertise: African/Nigerian Law and Policy, Contract Law, Corporations and Business Entities, Commercial Law, Democracy and Justice, Legislative Process
Okechukwu Oko has been a member of the Law Center faculty since 1995. Prof. Oko received the Faculty Achievement Award, Teacher of the Year for 1998. Prior to Joining the Law Center, Professor Oko served on the law faculty at the University of Nigeria, was an assistant professor at Grambling State University, and was a Guberman Fellow and lecturer in legal studies at Brandeis University.
Professor Oko has written widely on lawyering in developing societies. His writings have appeared in the Rutgers Law Journal, Brooklyn Journal of International Law, Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, New York University Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Indiana International and Comparative Law Review, Journal of African Law and the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. The top student in his class, Professor Oko earned the LL.B. from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, where he was recipient of the 1981 Rotary Award for Best Law Student. He was also the editor of The Barrister. He also earned a BL. with honors for the Nigeria Law School, Lagos, Nigeria; an LL.M. from the University of Nigeria, and an LL.M. and a J.S.D. from the Yale Law School.
Professor Oko is a Lislet Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and a member of the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business. He is also a member of the Nigeria Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and is a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. In addition to teaching and scholarly activities, Professor Oko is often retained by multinational corporations to serve as an expert witness in complex international litigations.