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Uche U. Ewelukwa

Uche U. Ewelukwa

E.J. Ball Professor of Law

(LAWD)-Dean of Law


Phone: 479-575-5283

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Professor Uché Ewelukwa is a professor of law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she teaches in the international law and intellectual property fields. Professor Ewelukwa also teaches in the Law School’s LL.M. Program in Agriculture and Food Law. Professor Ewelukwa is an active member of the American Bar Association Section on International Law (ABA-SIL) and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Committee on Investment & Development, the Vice-Chair of the International Intellectual Property Rights Committee, as well as the Vice-Chair of the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the association. Professor Ewelukwa is also an active member of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Interest Group and the Co-Chair of the Africa Interest Group of ASIL. Professor Ewelukwa is the Secretary General of the African Society of International Law.

Professor Ewelukwa is widely published. Her scholarship focuses particularly on international investment law and arbitration, business and human rights, China-Africa trade and investment relations, as well as the intersection of intellectual property law and human rights. Professor Ewelukwa’s articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, Michigan Journal of International Law, Minnesota Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, University of Miami Law Review, Transnational Dispute Management, among others.

Professor Ewelukwa is on the Advisory Board of the African Journal of Legal Studies, is on the Editorial Board of Law Digest, Africa’s Premier Law Journal, and is part of the Editorial Team of the Africa International Legal Awareness Blog. For four years (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014) she has served as the Editor of The Year In Review for the International Investment & Development Committee of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. She has also served as the Editor of The Year In Review for the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the American Bar Association Section of International Law.

Professor Ewelukwa has received numerous awards and fellowships in recognition of her work. Past awards include: Outstanding 2014 Year-in-Review (YIR) Award from the American Bar Association Section of International Law (for the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee’s Year in Review that she edited and co-authored), the 2009 Human Rights Essay Award from the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and a fellowship award from the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs.

LL.B. (Nig.); LL.M. (London); LL.M. (Harvard); S.J.D. (Harvard)

African States and Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism: To Reject or not to Reject? TRANSNATIONAL DISPUTE MANAGEMENT, VOL. 1 (2014);

Disciplining Foreign Investment in Land in Africa: The Role of Bilateral Investment Treaties and Land Lease Agreements, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW, ISSUE NO. 2 (2014);

Foreign Investment in Land and the Clash of Regimes: Mapping the Role of International Investment Law and International Human Rights Law, HUMAN RIGHTS & INTERNATIONAL LEGAL DISCOURSE, Vol. 7, No. 1 (2013).

China-Africa Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Critique, 35 MICHIGAN JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (2013);

Protecting Africa’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Using Intellectual Property Law: Prospects, Perils, and Problems, LAW DIGEST, Issue No. 4 (Winter 2013);

South-South Trade and Investment: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – African Perspectives, 20(2) MINNESOTA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW 513-587 (2011);

Trade, Empires and Subjects: China-Africa Trade: A New Fair Trade Arrangement or The Third Scramble For Africa? 41(2) VANDERBILT JOURNAL OF TRANSNATIONAL LAW 505 (2008);

Centuries of Globalization, Centuries of Exclusion: African Women and the New International Trade Regime, 20 BERKELEY WOMEN’S LAW JOURNAL 75 (2005) and

Litigating the Rights of Street Children in Regional or International Fora: Trends, Options, Barriers and Breakthroughs, 9 Yale H.R. & Dev. L.J. 85 (2006).

In the News

Nigerian Entertainment Industry and Copyright Piracy, THE GUARDIAN, March 10, 2010. http://www.nigeriafilms.com/news/6776/20/nigerian-entertainment-industry-and-piracy.html

Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”) v. Marvin Gaye: Copyright Lessons for The Nigerian Music Industry, BUSINESS DAY, November 14, 2013. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/11/re-musical-society-of-nigeria-at-30-nollywood-at-20-nigerias-entertainment-industry-coming-of-age/#.UywVw3Tn-Uk

Nigeria’s Entertainment Industry & Trademark Law: Lessons from Ludacris, BUSINESS DAY , November 20, 2013. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/11/insight-with-uche-ofodile/

Musical Divorce: Strategic Approach to Intellectual Property Issues for Musical Bands, BUSINESS DAY, 17 APRIL 2014. See: http://businessdayonline.com/2014/04/musical-bands-a-strategic-approach-to-intellectual-property-issues/#.U_VFQnTn-Uk

Musical Divorce 2: Strategic Approach to Copyright Issues in Band Agreements, BUSINESS DAY, 24 APRIL 2014. See: http://businessdayonline.com/2014/04/musical-divorce-2-a-strategic-approach-to-copyright-issues-in-band-partnership-agreements/#.U_VGIHTn-Uk

Musical Divorce 3: Strategic Approach to Trademark Issues in Band Agreements, BUSINESS DAY, 1 May 2014. See: http://businessdayonline.com/2014/05/musical-divorce-3-a-strategic-approach-to-trademark-issues-in-band-partnership-agreements/#.U_VGSXTn-Uk

Musical Divorce 4: Music Bands, Intellectual Property and Domain Names – Strategy and Pragmatism in the Information Age, BUSINESS DAY (forthcoming 2014).

Franchising Law in Nigeria, Nigerian International Franchise Association Newsletter (December 2013)

Franchise and Economic Development, BUSINESS DAY, February 14, 2013. http://www.businessdayonline.com/NG/index.php/law/cover/51542-franchise-and-economic-development

Choosing the Right Franchise: Ten Key Factors to Consider, BUSINESS DAY, October 3, 2013. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/choosing-the-right-franchise-ten-key-factors-to-consider/

Franchising Law in Nigeria, BUSINESS DAY, October 10, 2013. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/franchising-law-in-nigeria/

Franchising law: does Nigeria need one? Do other countries have them?, BUSINESS DAY, October 17, 2014. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/franchising-law-does-nigeria-need-one-do-other-countries-have-them/

Regulating franchising in Nigeria: legal and institutional options to consider, BUSINESS DAY, October 24, 2013. http://businessdayonline.com/2013/10/regulating-franchising-in-nigeria-legal-and-institutional-options-to-consider/