In his new role as associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Faculty of Law, professor Paul Ocheje will lead future development of its strategic research goals while championing research excellence and administering its Master of Laws (LLM) program.
Prior to joining the University of Windsor in 2000, Dr. Ocheje taught at the University of Benin Law School in Nigeria and was also state counsel for the Ministry of Justice in that country’s Kano State. His research interests include public and private international law, international criminal law, human rights, law and development, global governance, consumer protection, and property law. Prior to his July 1 appointment as associate dean, Ocheje taught courses in property law, access to justice, insurance law, and law and development.
“I am at once grateful and excited about this opportunity to contribute to the continuing development and growth of research in the law school,” Ocheje says. “Windsor Law has established a respectable record of research through the years, and our young graduate school is fast establishing a unique name in its category through innovative partnership with the Centre for Learning. I am looking forward to helping raise our research profile even further, and to making our graduate program a clear global leader in the legal academy.”
The leadership position was formerly held by Laverne Jacobs — an expert in the areas of disability equality, human rights, and administrative law — who was recently nominated for election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In her congratulatory remarks, dean of law Reem Bahdi says: “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Ocheje to the leadership team at Windsor Law. He will bring his research networks and creative energy to help further develop our graduate program and research profile.”
Bahdi adds that Ocheje has been a strong and supportive colleague over the years and is loved and respected by students. “I can't think of anyone better positioned to take up this important role at this moment in Windsor Law’s history.”