The University of Windsor is pleased to announce the part-time appointment of the Honourable Dr. Chile Eboe-Osuji as the Paul Martin Professor in Political Science, International Relations and Law. This is a two-year appointment, commencing July 1, 2021.
Dr. Eboe-Osuji recently completed his term as President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. Prior to his tenure as a judge, he was the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Paul Martin Professorship (endowed) was established in honour of the City of Windsor’s most distinguished statesman. Paul Martin Sr. served in Parliament for 39 years, 33 of them as an MP from Windsor where he practised law. He served as a member of the cabinets of four Prime Ministers between the administrations of William Lyon Mackenzie King and Pierre Trudeau. Not only was he instrumental, as Minister of National Health and Welfare, in the creation of Canada’s Medicare system that is the envy of the world, he was also Secretary of State for External Affairs in the Pearson government, and had earlier accompanied Prime Minister Mackenzie King to the inaugural session of the newly formed United Nations in 1946.
The Paul Martin Professorship allows the university to bring persons distinguished in international affairs and law to the campus “to enrich the life of the university and the wider community by contributing fresh ideas, insights and perspectives” to studies relating to these two fields.
Prior to joining the ICC, Dr. Eboe-Osuji served as the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva where he led the High Commissioner’s interventions in cases involving human rights questions, notably writing amicus curiae submissions to the European Court of Human Rights and the United States Supreme Court. Earlier in his career at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he held several posts including serving as lead Trial Counsel for the Prosecution, Senior Legal Officer to the judges, and Head of Chambers. Before joining the international public service, Dr. Eboe-Osuji practiced law as a courtroom advocate before the courts in both Canada and Nigeria. In addition to serving as trial counsel, Dr. Eboe-Osuji argued appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Dr. Eboe-Osuji is a visiting professor at Stanford University Law School and a senior fellow both at the Lauterpacht Centre for Public International Law at Cambridge University and at the Carr Center of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He recently was appointed as Distinguished International Jurist at the Lincoln Alexander Law School and Special Advisor to the President at Ryerson University. He has also taught international criminal law as adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. Dr. Eboe-Osuji has an extensive record of legal scholarship and publications, including the books titled International Law and Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts, and Protecting Humanity (ed). He is also the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Yearbook of International Law.
A Canadian citizen, Dr. Eboe-Osuji was born in Nigeria. He obtained his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, master of laws degree from McGill University, Montreal and doctor of laws degree (with refereed dissertation) from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is a recipient of the honorary degree of Doctor of the University of Middlesex, England, and the Gold Medal of the Honorary Patronage of the Philosophical Society of Trinity College of the University of Dublin, Ireland.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to have served the international community in the various capacities over the years,” said Dr. Eboe-Osuji. “To bring that experience to bear in the formation of the future leaders of our world is even the greater privilege. I’m truly honoured and deeply grateful to have that opportunity to teach at the University of Windsor on a professorial chair endowed after a truly legendary Canadian statesman.”
“In political science we have a longstanding and very popular international relations and development studies program. Many of our students are interested in human rights and making a difference globally,” says Dr. Cheryl Collier, professor of political science and incoming dean in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. “Learning about global environmental concerns, alleviating atrocities around the world, and advancing a peace agenda: these are some of the topics that drive our students.
Having the ability to take a class with someone of Dr. Eboe-Osuji’s stature is an unbelievably rich opportunity for our students – they’ll be learning from someone who has been on the frontline of consideration of international human rights and justice issues.”
During his part-time tenure, Dr. Eboe-Osuji will teach one course during the fall semester and one in the winter, alternating between Law and Political Science.
“We are delighted that Prof. Eboe-Osuji will be teaching a course at Windsor Law,” says Acting Dean of Law Beverly Jacobs. “As a former President of the International Criminal Court, and a champion in the fight against impunity for international crimes, Prof. Eboe-Osuji will bolster our traditional strength in transnational law.”
In September 2020, Dr. Eboe-Osuji delivered Windsor Law’s annual George M. Duck Lecture: a lecture series dedicated to the memory of community activist and successful businessperson George M. Duck.