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Dr Onyeka Osuji

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Dr Onyeka Osuji
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Biography

Dr Onyeka Osuji is a Reader in Law and Director of the Commercial Law PGT at the School of Law, University of Essex. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr Osuji obtained a PhD in law from the University of Manchester (as a School of Law Scholar) and a BCL (Law) from the University of Oxford (as a Shell Centenary/FCO Chevening Scholar). He has an LLB from the University of Nigeria where he graduated as the Best Student of the Faculty of Law. He also has a barrister-at-law diploma from the Nigerian Law School and was awarded the Best Overall Performance (Second Prize) and two prizes in Legal Drafting and Conveyancing. Dr Osuji previously practised in corporate and commercial law before becoming an academic. He is qualified as a barrister and solicitor of Nigeria and a (non-practising) solicitor of England and Wales and has advised individuals, corporations, and national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has presented papers in several international conferences and has published extensively in books and reputable international journals in the areas of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, globalization, regulation, consumer protection, social and non-financial reporting, banking and asset management and multinational enterprises. Dr Osuji has taught subjects like Company Law, Corporate Social Responsibility and Law, Corporate Social Responsibility: Globalization, Law and Regulation, Law of Contract and Commercial Law in different institutions. His current teaching responsibilities include consumer contract law, commercial contract law and international commercial and business law.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Law) - The University of Manchester

  • BCL (Law) - University of Oxford

  • LLB - University of Nigeria

  • Barrister-at-Law diploma - Nigerian Law School

  • Barrister and Solicitor - Nigeria

  • Solicitor (non-practising) - England and Wales

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Corporate Governance

Corporate Social Responsibility

Consumer Protection

Development

Corporate Regulation

Current research

H. Chan, J. Griffin, A. Jones, P. Li, and O. Osuji,* A Technological Licensing Framework for 3D Printed Content: A Focus on China AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China

Conferences and presentations

Situating Mandatory Modern Slavery Disclosure in Hierarchy of Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

CfP: Critical Perspectives on “Modern Slavery”: Law, Policy and Society, Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull, Wednesday 30 October 2019, Wilberforce Institute, Hull, United Kingdom, 30/10/2019

Hierarchy of Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility, Supply Chains and Assumptions in Mandatory Modern Slavery Disclosure

18th International Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and 9th Organisational Governance Conference, CSR: Public and Private Perspectives, Barcelos, Portugal, 10-13 September 2019, Barcelos, Portugal, 11/9/2019

Corporate Social Responsibility, Stakeholder Needs and Sustainable Development- Overcoming Contextual and Regulatory Challenges through the Values Paradigm

Invited presentation, Kuwait International Law School’s Sixth Annual Conference Contemporary Legal Developments: Issues and Challenges, Kuwait International Law School’s Sixth Annual Conference Contemporary Legal Developments: Issues and Challenges, Kuwaiti City, Kuwait, 1/5/2019

Complementary Stakeholder Private Enforcement Regime for AU Law?

African Union Law Research Network Workshop, Brighton, United Kingdom, 21/9/2018

Resolving 4 sets of corporate social responsibility dilemma

3rd Critical Law and Corporate Social Responsibility Network Event of the Inner Temple,13 June 2018, London, United Kingdom, 13/6/2018

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Challenge of Relational and Solidarity Signals in Cybersecurity Enforcement

Cyber Challenges to International Human Rights, 12/12/2017

African Code of Corporate Responsibility – Futile or Worthwhile?

Invited presentation, African Union Law Research Network Workshop, London, United Kingdom, 7/12/2017

An Optimal Consumer Protection Regime for African Union?

Invited presentation, African Union Law Research Network Workshop, Brighton, United Kingdom, 30/6/2017

Inventive Interventionist Regulation of Sports through Corporate Social Responsibility Potential and Limitations? (Law and Sports: Contemporary Perspectives International Conference College of Law, Qatar University in collaboration with Qatar Olympic Committee, Doha Qatar, 19th and 20th February, 2017)

Doha, Qatar, 2017

Coupling CSR and Informal Relational and Solidarity Signals Panacea for Harassment in Digital Peer-to-Peer Platforms? (7th International Conference on Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility: CSR in an Age of Digitization Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, 14-16 September 2016)

Berlin, Germany, 2016

Green Bonds: A Sustainable Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Climate Change Mitigation? with K. Kila, (Energy Policy & Law Workshop: Consumers, Citizens and Communities, University of Exeter 14 April 2016)

Exeter, United Kingdom, 2016

The Protection from Harassment Act and Harassment Responsibility/Liability of Peer-to-Peer Online Platforms Enrolling Internet Intermediaries in the Law Enforcement Process - Challenges and Opportunities, iCLIC Conference University of Southampton 17-18 September 2015

Southampton, United Kingdom, 2015

Consumer Online Reviews New Battleground or Opportunity for Consumer Protection? (15th Conference of the International Association of Consumer Law Universiteit van Amsterdam 29 June-1 July 2015)

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015

Corporate Social Responsibility and Globalization of Best Standards: Incoherence of Prescriptive Regulation in Developing Countries (Third International Conference on Management in Africa, University of Manchester 5-6 September 2013)

Manchester, United Kingdom, 2013

Responsible Lending (Consumer Credit Symposium, TC Beirne School of Law University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 8 July 2013)

Brisbane, Australia, 2013

Online Peer-to-Peer Lending Rationale, Regulation and Consumer Protection with U. Amajuoyi, (14th International Association of Consumer Law Conference 2013, Sydney Australia, 1-4 July 2013)

14th International Association of Consumer Law Conference, Sydney, Australia, 2013

Responsible Lending, Consumer Protection and Financial Regulation Homogeneity, Multifariousness or Conflation? Durham, (Conceptualising Consumers of Financial Services: A New Approach? Workshop 12 April 2013)

Durham, United Kingdom, 2013

Online Peer-to-Peer Lending and Consumer Protection Clearing the Regulatory Fog with U. Amajuoyi, Durham, (Conceptualising Consumers of Financial Services: A New Approach? Workshop 12 April 2013)

Durham, United Kingdom, 2013

Responsible Lending and Affordability-Financial Regulation or Consumer Protection? Exeter, (Re-orientating Consumer Law: Simplification, Conceptualisation & Subsidiarity, University of Exeter and De Montfort University Leicester, 17 December 2012)

Exeter, United Kingdom, 2012

CSR and Compulsory Regulation: A Case Study of the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative with B. Ihugba, (British Academy of Management Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 12-16 September 2011)

Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2011

Corporate Social Responsibility as a Market Governance Mechanism with KM Amaeshi and J. Doh, (Academy of Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas USA, 12-16 August 2011)

San Antonio, United States, 2011

Consumers, CSR Messages, and Social Labels: Charting a Role for the Unfair Commercial Practices System (13th International Conference on Consumer Law, Brunel University West London, 27-29 June 2011)

Uxbridge, United Kingdom, 2011

Corporate Social Responsibility as a Market Governance Mechanism: Any Implications for Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies? with KM Amaeshi and J. Doh (Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets Conference, Seoul, 28-29 May 2011)

Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 2011

Meeting the Corporate Regulation Challenge: Dynamic Approaches to CSR Accountability with B. Ihugba (CR3 Research Conference, Hankel School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, 8-9 April 2011)

Helsinki, Finland, 2011

Stakeholder Engagement and Corporate Social Responsibility: Setting a Sustainability Agenda with B. Ihugba (CR3 Research Conference, Hankel School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, 8-9 April 2011)

Helsinki, Finland, 2011

Fluidity of Regulation-CSR Nexus and Social Reporting: The Multinational Corporate Corruption Model (9th International Conference on CSR, Zagreb, Croatia, June 2010)

Zagreb, Croatia, 2010

The Tort of Harassment in Consumer Protection: An Emerging Issue (International Conference on Teaching Consumer Law, Houston US, May 2010)

Houston, United States, 2010

Multinational Enterprises and the Protection of Human Rights- Non-Financial Reporting as an Option (Globalization and Human Rights AAGS Conference, Calgary Canada, March 2009)

2009

Consumer Protection Issues in Non-Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance and Social Reporting: Any Role for the Law (International Conference on Teaching Consumer Law, Houston US, May 2008)

2008

MNEs, Non-Financial Reporting, Process Advertising and Globalization (Knowledge Globalization Conference, Boston US, April 2008)

2008

Corporate Non-Financial Reporting, Process Advertising and Consumer Protection (11th International Conference on Consumer Law, Cape Town South Africa, 11-13 April 2007)

2007

Reporting of Corporate Governance Issues: Self-Regulation or External Regulation (6th International Conference on CSR, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, 11-14 June 2007)

2007

Governance Dimensions of Corporate Social Responsibility: the States Role in the Regulation of Corporate Non-Financial Reporting (Beyond CSR? Business, Poverty and Social Justice London, 22 May 2006)

2006

Corporate Personality, Corporate Social Responsibility and Multinational Enterprises: Trans-national Solution for a Trans-boundary Problem (5th International Conference on CSR, Edirne Turkey, 1-5 May 2006)

2006

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Consumer Contract Law (LW241)

  • Dissertation: LLM International Trade Law (LW600)

  • Foundation Essay for International Trade Law (LW617)

  • Contemporary Issues in Commercial and Business Law (LW663)

  • Dissertation: LLM International Commercial and Business Law (LW760)

  • Foundation Essay: International Commercial and Business Law (LW762)

  • Dissertation: LLM Maritime Law (LW770)

  • Foundation Essay: LLM Maritime Law (LW771)

  • Corporate Responsibility and Business Law (LW941)

Publications

Journal articles (14)

Osuji, OK., (2018). Inventive interventionist regulation of sports through corporate social responsibility – potential and limitations?

Osuji, OK. and Obibuaku, UL., (2016). Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility: Competing or Complementary Approaches to Poverty Reduction and Socioeconomic Rights?. Journal of Business Ethics. 136 (2), 329-347

Osuji, OK., (2015). Corporate social responsibility, juridification and globalisation: ‘inventive interventionism’ for a ‘paradox’. International Journal of Law in Context. 11 (3), 265-298

Osuji, OK. and Amajuoyi, U., (2015). Online Peer-to-Peer Lending: Challenging Consumer Protection Rationales, Orthodoxies and Models?. Journal of Business Law. 2015, 485-509

Osuji, OK. and Umahi, OT., (2012). Pharmaceutical companies and access to medicines – social integration and ethical CSR resolution of a global public choice problem. Journal of Global Ethics. 8 (2-3), 139-167

Osuji, O., (2012). Asset management companies, non-performing loans and systemic crisis: A developing country perspective. Journal of Banking Regulation. 13 (2), 147-170

Osuji, OK., (2012). Corporate Social Responsibility- Fairness and Promise as the Fundaments for Juridification of Social Disclosures. Contemporary Issues in Law. 12 (1), 46-76

Osuji, OK., (2011). Business-to-Consumer Harassment, Unfair Commercial Practices Directive and the UK—A Distorted Picture of Uniform Harmonization?. Journal of Consumer Policy. 34 (4), 437-453

Osuji, O., (2011). Fluidity of Regulation-CSR Nexus: The Multinational Corporate Corruption Example. Journal of Business Ethics. 103 (1), 31-57

Osuji, OK. and Ihugba, BU., (2011). Corporate Citizenship and Stakeholder Engagement: Maintaining an Equitable Power Balance. Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies. 16 (2), 28-38

Osuji, OK., (2009). Nigerian Financial Institutions and Non-Financial Reputation- Disconnection or Convergence. Zenith Quarterly. 4 (4), 48-58

Amaeshi, KM., Osuji, OK. and Nnodim, P., (2008). Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chains of Global Brands: A Boundaryless Responsibility? Clarifications, Exceptions and Implications. Journal of Business Ethics. 81 (1), 223-234

Osuji, OK., (2008). MNEs, Non-Financial Reporting, Process Advertising and Globalization. Journal of Knowledge Globalization. 1 (2), 65-83

Osuji, OK., (2003). Removal of a Director under the Nigerian Company Law and Practice. Modern Journal of Finance and Investment Law. 7 (3-4), 355-378

Books (6)

Osuji, OK., Griffin, J., Chan, HK. and Choo, H., 3D Printing: The development of a technical licensing framework with a focus on China. Routledge

Osuji, OK., Ngwu, FN., Pillay, R. and Lynch-Wood, G., CSR in Developing and Emerging Markets – Innovative Public and Private Regulation Dimensions. Cambridge University Press

Osuji, OK., Multinational Enterprises, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Non-Financial Reporting: Globalization and Boundaries of Juridification. Edward Elgar

Osuji, OK., Ngwu, FN. and Jamali, D., (2020). Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing and Emerging Markets: Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. Cambridge University Press

Osuji, OK., Ngwu, FN., Ogbechi, C. and Williamson, D., (2018). Enhancing Board Effectiveness – Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets. Routledge. 1138048321. 9781138048324

Amaeshi, K., (2013). Corporate Social Responsibility, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation. Routledge. 9780203081945

Book chapters (20)

Osuji, OK., Advocacy and Mooting Skills. In: Nigerian Legal Methods. Editors: Ohuruogu, CC. and Umahi, OT., . Cambridge Scholars

Osuji, OK., Aviation Financing in Nigeria. In: Essays in Honour of Justice Umaru Abdullahi: the Challenges to Nigerian Commercial Law. Editors: Irabor, K., . 260- 280

Osuji, OK., Improving Transparency, Fairness and Accountability in University Assessment. In: Effective Teaching and Learning: A Practical Handbook for Educators in Nigerian Universities. Editors: Icha-Ituma, A. and Nwajiuba, . FUNAI Press

Osuji, O., Club Theory and Directors' Performance Evaluation. In: Enhancing Board Effectiveness Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets, 1st Edition. Editors: Ngwu, F., Osuji, O., Ogbechie, C. and Williamson, D., . Routledge. 9781138048324

Osuji, O. and Amajuoyi, U., Sustainable consumption, consumer protection and sustainable development: Unbundling institutional septet for developing economies. In: The chapter draws on the legal, institutional and stakeholder perspectives to develop a septet framework that provides clarity to the concept of sustainable consumption and production and aligns consumer protection to sustainable development in developing countries. This contextualizes the roles of consumers and corporations as institutional actors and consumption as an institution. The chapter uniquely unbundles the concept as consisting of six foundational components: sustainable consumption by proximate consumers for future generations; sustainable production for future generations; sustainable consumption by/for proximate consumers; sustainable production for proximate consumers; participation by proximate consumers; and CSR. The septet framework challenges conventional approaches to consumer vulnerability, disclosure regulation, contract law, consumer responsibilisation, stakeholder, corporate governance, institutional voids and international cooperation. The chapter’s interventionist consumer protection law approach includes public interest-oriented disclosure regulation, distributive justice-oriented contract law, resolution of business-to-consumer information asymmetry, credible corporate social reporting and certification standards, distributed/shared consumer responsibilisation, stakeholder enforcement rights, obligations and protection, independent stakeholder determination of standards, resolution of related agency problems through a stakeholder approach to corporate governance and international cooperation in regulatory standards and enforcement. It is also argued that a consumer protection approach to sustainable development can promote stakeholder engagement and meaningful corporate social responsibility.. Editors: Osuji, O., Ngwu, F. and Jamali, D., . Cambridge University Press

Osuji, O., Ngwu, F. and Jamali, D., Introduction: CSR in Developing and Emerging Markets – Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. In: CSR in Developing and Emerging Markets – Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. Cambridge University Press

Osuji, O., Ngwu, F. and Jamali, D., Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development in Developing and Emerging Markets: Looking Forward. In: CSR in Developing and Emerging Markets – Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. Cambridge University Press

Osuji, O. and Abba, P., (2020). Domestic adjudicative institutions, developing countries and sustainable development: Linkages and limitations. In: CSR in Developing and Emerging Markets – Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. Editors: Osuji, O., Ngwu, F. and Jamali, D., . Cambridge University Press

Osuji, O. and Amajuoyi, U., (2020). Sustainable consumption, consumer protection and sustainable development: Unbundling institutional septet for developing economies. In: Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing and Emerging Markets – Institutions, Actors and Sustainable Development. Editors: Osuji, O., Ngwu, F. and Jamali, D., . Cambridge University Press

Osuji, OK., (2019). Tackling Corruption through Corporate Social Responsibility. In: Corruption, Social Sciences and the Law: Explorations Across Disciplines. Editors: Seabrook, J., . Routledge. 101- 132. 9780367186418

Osuji, O., Ngwu, F., Ogbechie, C. and Williamson, D., (2019). Introduction: Enhancing Board Effectiveness – Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets. In: Enhancing Board Effectiveness Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets, 1st Edition. Editors: Ngwu, F., Osuji, O., Ogbechie, C. and Williamson, D., . Routledge. 9781138048324

Williamson, D., Ogbechie, C., Osuji, O. and Ngwu, F., (2019). Effective Boards in Developing and Emerging Markets: Looking Ahead. In: Enhancing Board Effectiveness Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets, 1st Edition. Editors: Ngwu, F., Osuji, O., Ogbechie, C. and Williamson, D., . 9781138048324

Osuji, OK. and Moore, I., (2017). Director Disqualification as a Corporate Governance Tool in Developing and Emerging Markets. In: Corporate Governance in Developing and Emerging Markets. Editors: Ngwu, FN., Osuji, OK. and Stephen, F., . Routledge. 270- 290. 978-1-138-95585-1

Osuji, OK., Stephen, F. and Ngwu, FN., (2017). Corporate Governance in developing and emerging markets: the way forward. In: Corporate Governance in Developing and Emerging Markets. Editors: Ngwu, FN., Osuji, OK. and Stephen, F., . Routledge. 323- 325. 978-1-138-95585-1

Osuji, OK., (2017). Responsible Lending: Consumer Protection and Prudential Regulation Perspectives. In: Credit, Consumers and the Law: After the Global Storm. Editors: Fairweather, K., O'Shea, P. and Grantham, R., . Routledge. 62- 85. 978-1-4724-5234-4

Ngwu, F., (2016). Corporate Governance in Developing and Emerging Markets. In: Corporate Governance in Developing and Emerging Markets. Routledge. 3- 13. 1317353870. 9781138955851

Osuji, OK., (2011). Transnational Corporations and the Protection of Human Rights: Non-Financial Reporting as an Option. In: Globalization and Human Rights in the Developing World. Editors: Nault, D. and England, SL., . Palgrave Macmillan. 83- 117

Osuji, OK., (2008). Reporting of Corporate Governance Issues: Self-Regulation or External Legal Regulation. In: Culture and Governance. Editors: Aras, G. and Crowther, D., . SSRNet

Osuji, OK. and Eze, E., (2007). Civil Liability of ISPs, the Internet, and Law. In: Developing Successful ICT Strategies. IGI Global. 95- 112. 9781599046549

Osuji, OK., (2007). CSR Reporting and Multinational Enterprises: A Multinational Approach. In: New Perspectives on CSR. Editors: Crowther, D. and Zain, MM., . UPENA

Media (1)

Griffin, J., Jones, A., Osuji, O., Li, P. and Mok, E., A Technological Licensing Framework for 3D Printed Content: A Focus on China” (promotional video, 2016). Video

Other (3)

Osuji, O. and Griffin, J., Questionnaire on Contract Rules for Online Purchases of Digital Content and Tangible Goods

Osuji, O., Corporate bosses could soon take the rap for staff criminality

Osuji, OK., (2016).Anna Beckers: Enforcing Corporate Social Responsibility Codes. On Global Self-Regulation and National Private Law. International Company and Commercial Law Review. 10

Contact

o.k.osuji@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872710

Location:

4SB.4.5, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 1-2