Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, appointed Assistant Professor at Top Canadian Law School

Distinguished Nigerian human rights lawyer, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, has recently been appointed tenure-track assistant professor at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Toronto Metropolitan University. This institution, which bears the name of Canada’s first Black parliamentarian, heralds Effoduh’s entry as a significant milestone.

Effoduh who took to Twitter to express his exhilaration about the role, said, “With utmost delight… I’ll be joining the prestigious @LincAlexLawTMU as a tenure-track assistant professor. This is my ultimate dream come true, and I am honoured to join such an outstanding school that is shaping the future of pedagogy.”

The law school responded with a tweet warmly welcoming him to their academic community.

Effoduh is advancing his Ph.D. at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, with his research focusing on the ways that the legitimization of artificial intelligence affects human rights advocacy in Africa. He had previously served as Assistant Research Fellow at the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Chief Counsel at the Africa-Canada Artificial Intelligence and Data Innovation Consortium (ACADIC), Partner at the Abuja-based law firm Praxis and Gnosis, and in an advisory position on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risks.

His academic pursuits have earned him fellowships at prestigious institutions, including the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Law, Technology, and Society, the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, and Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Human Rights Science.

Jake Okechukwu Effoduh’s earned a law degree from the University of Abuja, and has a master’s degrees from both the University of Oxford and York University.