He is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland (Ph.D and PG Cert 2009) where he was awarded a President’s scholarship for his research; University of Warwick, UK (LLM, 2005); University of Ibadan, Nigeria (LLM, 2003); Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria (LLB, 1997) and University of Ilorin, Nigeria (BA, 1991). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1999 and worked as a barrister in Nigeria with a prominent law firm that represented the government and major multinational corporations.
He has published articles in reputable national and international journals including the Australian Journal of Corporate Law, Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, Journal of African Law, Journal of Business Ethics, Dublin University Law Journal, Journal of International Economic Law, Journal of Corporate Citizenship, International Journal of Human Rights, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and UCD Law Review. He has also published Chapters in books including André Nollkaemper and Ilias Plakokefalos (eds.) The Practice of Shared Responsibility in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2016), M. Ssenyonjo (ed.) The African Regional Human Rights System: 30 Years after the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. ( Martinus Nijhoff, 2012),
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Femi Amao is leading a pioneering research on the concept of African Union Law (AU Law). AU Law is currently underexplored and underdeveloped, yet has the potential to be ground-breaking with far reaching implications. This research initiative will explore the emergence of AU law as a new legal order and its implications for existing legal order in the region. The proposed research is multidisciplinary, with insights from different disciplines including legal, historical, social, political, economic, sociological and anthropological dimensions.
The website for the project is http://africanunionlaw.org/
Project's twitter: @AfricanUnionLaw