Professor Ngozi Ugo
Professor Ngozichukwuka Ugo, is a Professor of Law, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is currently consulting for the United Nations in conflict analysis / conflict resolution and transformation in the Asia–Pacific region. Professor Ugo was educated at the University of Calabar, Nigeria and Harvard University, Cambridge-Massachusetts, U.S.A. She has spent most of her professional career working in conflict resolution, mediation, arbitration and peace-building in different parts of the world, as well as in academia. Between 2005 and 2011, Professor Ugo sat on the United Nations Global Counter-terrorism Committee and consulted for the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism. Within the same period, Professor Ugo led the Nigerian delegation to the first review conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kampala, Uganda in 2010 and anchored for Nigeria on “Peace and Justice”. In Kampala, Professor Ugo was approached by the ICC President, to intervene in the simmering tensions between the Court and the African Union and was subsequently appointed a Visiting Professional to the ICC. At the invitation of the Nigerian government, Professor Ugo brokered a truce and facilitated robust dialogue between the ICC top hierarchy and the African Union, through President Goodluck Jonathan. Professor Ugo's published work on the legal protection of children in armed conflict, sensitized the international community on the horrific state of child soldiers in various conflicts across the world and their victim/perpetrator status, which triggered the global debate culminating in the establishment of an independent UN Child-soldier program. As UN Consultant to the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (present day Timor Leste) Professor Ugo drafted the blueprint that was adopted by the UN Security Council in extending the mandate of UNMISET at the end of the initial two years, to enable the new nation to attain self-sufficiency; an extension that placed Timor Leste on a strong footing by 2005, when the Mission successfully completed its mandate. Other positions held by Professor Ugo include; International Research Coordinator at the iconic Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI), Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A and as a Senior Research Fellow at the prestigious Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden. In academia, Professor Ugo has co-authored numerous scholarly publications in International law, human rights including children and women’s rights, humanitarian law and policy, foreign policy, international criminal justice, international economic law, intellectual property law amongst others. She has co-authored a number of books including; “Beyond 50 Years of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Issues, Challenges & Prospects” (2010), “Africa and Europe in the 21st Century: EU Partnership Agreements” (2009) and “Reciprocity in International Relations” (2008). Professor Ugo is a Visiting Professor to a host of institutions including the Harvard Humanitarian Law program, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies (Leiden University) Netherlands, Abo Akademi University, Finland, the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).