Staff profile

Dr Obiajunwa Ama

Senior Lecturer in Law




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I joined the University of Derby in February 2023 from the University of Hertfordshire, where I functioned as a Lecturer in law across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. I have undertaken diverse duties in Higher Education, in the form of curriculum and module development and engagement in research activities. My peer-reviewed articles and other research outputs, which includes ‘African Continental Free Trade Area: Promises and Perils’, in Tom Mortimer & Chrispas Nyombi “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” (Wildly, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018), have been published by reputable publishers. 

I regularly attend and participate in conferences where I present my research outputs. These include the SOAS Arbitration in Africa Conference, Kigali Rwanda (2018), The University of Derby Law School Conference on Global Governance and International Law (2022) and the Canterbury Christ Church University International Law in Context Conference (2018). Similarly, I deliver talks to diverse audiences, supervise and mentor PhD researchers, and provide advisory services to public institutions and private organisations. 

Teaching responsibilities

I have taught and possess expertise across a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules. These include: 

Professional interests

I have an active interest and am an expert in the interaction between law and regulation of business. In essence, with capitalism being the prominent form of business expedition, I engage in researching how the nuances and seemingly conflict of achieving private entrepreneurial objectives and promotion of sustainable developmental goals can be resolved. Similarly, I painstakingly engage in producing international investment protection proposals and policies, that can be deployed by States to regulate trade and investment. As a corollary, I possess an abiding interest in the resolution of investor-state disputes, via either investment arbitration or investment court system. Last but not least, I advise corporations on the protection of investor interests through the development and deployment of progressive investment policies, to advance enterprise and achieve sustainability in business. 

Research interests

My research interests are within the realm of International Investment law, corporate law, Public International law and sustainable development. This means that research subjects relating to Investor-state dispute settlement, Investment and commercial arbitration, The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and its Investment Protocol, Business and foreign investment protection, capitalism, climate change, environmental preservation, multinational business protection and promotion of sustainable development, are primarily accommodated. 

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I deliver talks and information at different forums within the United Kingdom and International jurisdictions. I discuss issues and provide expert opinions on contemporary legal subjects within my areas of competence vis International Economic Law, Public International Law and Constitutional Law.  

In the media

Recent publications

'Investor-state arbitration and African states : a proposal for a Pan-African investment court' [2020] British Library 

'Investor-state arbitration and African states: Advancing the proposal for a Pan-African Investment Court' [2018] 29(2) International Company and Commercial Law Review 95-109

‘African Continental Free Trade Area: Promises and Perils’, in Tom Mortimer & Chrispas Nyombi “Rebalancing International Investment Agreements in Favour of Host States” (Wildly, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, 2018)

'International business and human rights: time for hard law' [2016] 27(10) International Company and Commercial Law Review 343-350

'Debunking Rule 21 of the Takeover Code 2013' [2016] SSRN -