Staff profile

Professor Hakeem Yusuf


Professor of Law and Global Studies

Subject

Law

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department

Derby Law School

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre

Campus

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Email

H.Yusuf@derby.ac.uk

About

I have done extensive research on the role of the judiciary in transitional societies which has attracted international recognition. In 2011, I was appointed and served as a Commissioner of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Osun State (South-West Nigeria). I have consulted for the United States Department of Justice, Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar and the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva among others.

My first book, Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law (Routledge Abingdon 2010) was shortlisted for the inaugural Kevin Boyle Prize (2011) of the Irish Association of Law Teachers (IALT). Two of my articles on the judicial in transitions won international awards in 2008 and 2009. The first one, the Global Jurist Silver Medal Award included a cash prize of €1,000 (one thousand Euros). The second is an invited submission to the International Journal of Law and Management which won the ‘Highly Commended Award’ in the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009. My second book Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth Peace, Order and Good Government (Routledge Abingdon 2014) was awarded the prestigious John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History 2015 by the Osgoode Society of Canadian Legal History. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 Kevin Boyle Prize of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.

Research interests

My research interests lie at the intersections of human rights, law and governance focusing on accountability for power. I work in the following areas:

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

International experience

Additional interests and activities

Editorial boards membership

Peer reviewer

I am a peer reviewer for the following publishers/journals/imprints:

In the media

Media interviews

Interviewed by Al Jazeerah English Inside Story on the ‘Boko Haram’ insurgency and implications for the rule of law and human rights in Nigeria.

Where is the Rule of Law in Nigeria? (3 November 2012, 20 minutes) and on Al-Jazeera prime time news on 3 December 2013 and 15 May 2014. I was also interviewed by STV (Scotland) on 8 May 2014 on the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. I have also been interviewed by a Lebanon-based newspaper, the Daily Star on the humanitarian crisis in Syria following a letter to the U.N. along with 36 other international law experts on 30 April 2014 as well as the Jordan-based Jordan Times.

Recent publications

Authored books

Transitional Justice: Theory, Mechanisms and Debates (Routledge Abingdon) (on contract with Routledge) 2018 (Forthcoming).

Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth: Peace, Order and Good Government  (Routledge Abingdon 2016) [Paperback]

Colonial and Post-Colonial Constitutionalism in the Commonwealth: Peace, Order and Good Government (Routledge Abingdon 2014) [Hardback] Awarded the prestigious John T. Saywell Prize for Canadian Constitutional Legal History 2015.

Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law (Routledge Abingdon 2013) (Paperback)

Contributions to peer reviewed books and edited collections

Challenges, Limits and Prospects of ‘Judicial Governance’ in Nigeria’s Political Transition (1999-2014) in Katrin Seidel and Hatem Elliesie (eds.) Normative Spaces in Africa (Routledge London & Burlington 2019) Forthcoming

‘Human Rights Violations Investigations Panel (Oputa Panel)’ in Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice 3 (Cambridge University Press New York 2013) 160-165.

‘Country Studies: Nigeria’ in Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky (eds.) Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice Vol. 2 (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013) 333-339.

Journal special issue

Corporations, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Between Neglect and Inadequate Policy Direction Guest Editor (with I. Adelopo) International Journal of Law and Management (2014) 56 (2)

Articles in peer reviewed journals

The Persistence of Colonial Constitutionalism in British Overseas Territories (with T. Chowdhury) Global Constitutionalism (2019) 8 (1): 157-190.

The U.N. Committee of 24’s Dogmatic Philosophy of Recognition: Toward a Sui Generis Approach to Decolonization (with T. Chowdhury) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (2019) 26 (2) (forthcoming).

Colonialism and Dilemmas of Transitional Justice in Nigeria International Journal of Transitional Justice (2018) 12 (2): 257-276.

Transitional Justice in the Middle East and North Africa – Taking Account of Islam Muslim World Journal of Human Rights (2017) 14 (1): 145-170 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mwjhr-2017-0010.

Accountability of Transnational Corporations in the Developing World: The Case for an Enforceable International Mechanism (with K. Omoteso) Critical Perspectives on International Business. (2017) 13 (1) 54-71 [Open Access].

Combating Environmental Irresponsibility of TNCs in Africa: An Empirical Analysis (with K. Omoteso) Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (2016) 21 (11) 1372-1386 [Open Access]

A.S v France: Supporting “Living Together” or Forced Assimilation International Human Rights Law Review (2014) 3 (2) 277-302 (full length article 10,000+ words).

Guest Editorial: Corporations, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa: Between Neglect and Inadequate Policy Direction (with I. Adelopo)  International Journal of Law and Management (2014) 56 (2)

Consultancy/commissioned research reports

Confidential Expert Report (2018) (8,550+ words) for the United States Ministry of Justice.

The Case for Constitutional Reform in Gibraltar (2018) (35,000 words) for Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar.

The Colonial Legacy and Transitional Justice in Nigeria (2017) (8,500 words) for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa. csvr.org.za/pdf/Nigerian-Report-Electronic.pdf

African Transitional Justice Research Project: Case Study on Transitional Justice in Nigeria (2017) (25,000+ words) for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), South Africa. https://www.csvr.org.za/african-transitional-justice-comparative-study

Expert Report on Political Corruption and Judicial Process in Nigeria (2017) In Re: The Government of the Republic of Nigeria (Requesting State) -v- Stephen Ojo (Extradition Proceedings, Westminster Magistrate Court) (6,400+ words)

Book reviews

(Review) International Actors and Traditional Justice in Sub-Saharan Africa: Policies and Interventions in Transitional Justice and Justice Sector Aid Eva Brems, Giselle Coradi and Martien Schotsmans (eds) 18 (2) Human Rights Review (2017): 231-232.

(Review) Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground? M. Emon, M Ellis and B Glahn. New York: Oxford University Press (2012) 54 (5) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice (2015): 532-533.

(Review) Britain’s Hidden Role in the Rwandan Genocide: The Cat’s Paw 26 (2) Criminal Law Forum Hazel Cameron (2015): 331-335.

(Review) Regional Protection of Human Rights 2nd 54 (1) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Dinah L. Shelton and Paolo G. Carozza (2015): 100-101.

(Review) Balancing Liberty and Security: Human Rights, Human Wrongs 53 (3) Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Kate Moss (2014): 315-316.

Other publications

‘800 Years of the Magna Carta, Powers of the State and Human Rights: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (I)’ CityLife News (Glasgow) October 2015

‘800 Years of the Magna Carta, Powers of the State and Human Rights: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (II)’ CityLife (Glasgow) August 2015

‘800 Years of the Magna Carta, Powers of the State and Human Rights: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (III)’ CityLife (Glasgow) July 2015

‘Minority Rights: Like France, Like China? (Part II)’ CityLife (Glasgow) May 2015

‘Minority Rights: Like France, Like China? (Part II)’ CityLife News (Glasgow) April 2015