Jumoke OduwoleJumoke Oduwole JSD



Occupational Information

Job Title: Professor, Department of Jurisprudence & International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos

Professional History

Prof Jumoke Oduwole is an academic, government advisor, and advocate. She is a Special Adviser to the President of Nigeria on Ease of Doing Business. Until her appointment to this role in August 2019, Prof Jumoke was Senior Special Assistant to the President on Industry, Trade & Investment in the Office of the Vice President. Her team is responsible for Nigeria moving up an unprecedented 39 places in the World Bank’s flagship Doing Business Report over the last three years, among other notable achievements.

Prof Jumoke is a respected global thought leader in her field. She was the only African nominated onto the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Investment in 2016 and is a highly sought-after speaker. Prior to her career in academia, Jumoke led a corporate banking unit of the telecommunications sector team in Guaranty Trust Bank Plc’s Corporate Banking Group. She was an investment banker with FCMB Capital Markets Ltd from 2000 to 2003.

Prof Jumoke graduated from the University of Lagos with a bachelor’s degree in law in 1998 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999. She obtained an LL.M. degree in commercial law from Cambridge University in 2000, where she was a DFID-Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholar. In 2007, she received a master’s degree in International Legal Studies from Stanford University and obtained her doctorate degree in International Trade and Development from Stanford Law School.

Prof Jumoke was on the boards of Ecobank Nigeria Plc and Positive Action for Treatment Access (PATA), a leading HIV/AIDS advocacy NGO; as well as the Advisory Board of the “Know Your Constitution” Initiative, a civil liberties movement pioneered by a United Nations Young Ambassador for Peace. She is currently a Trustee of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS), an Africa-wide think tank that provides an inclusive platform for African youth, and is a Tutu Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.


LL.B. from University of Lagos; LL.M. from Cambridge University
JSM, JSD from Stanford University
Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (BL).

2012-2013 Inaugural Private Investors for Africa (West Africa) Fellow


2013 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow

 Additional Tags: Law,  International Law, International Economic Law, Human Rights, and Development


About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.