Obijiofor Aginam holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. He was Professor of Law at Carleton University, Ottawa (2001-2007) where he taught and researched global policy issues that cut across international law and institutions, globalization, global governance, human rights, South-North relations, and Third World Approaches to International Law. In 2007, Dr. Aginam was appointed to a United Nations post as Director of Studies, Policy and Institutional Frameworks in the Peace and Governance Programme at the United Nations University headquarters, Tokyo, Japan. In addition to his UN job, he is also Adjunct Research Professor of Law at Carleton University. He has worked as Legal Officer at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, and Associate Attorney with Olisa Agbakoba & Associates, Lagos, Nigeria. He has held numerous fellowships including Global Security and Cooperation Fellow of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York. Dr. Aginam has been a visiting professor at the University for Peace, Costa Rica, International University of Peoples’ Institutions for Peace, Rovereto, Italy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Temple University School of Law in Tokyo. He is the author of numerous publications including Global Health Governance: International Law and Public Health in a Divided World (University of Toronto Press, 2005), and co-editor of Humanizing Our Global Order (University of Toronto Press, 2003); Legal Review of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) From a Public Health Perspective (Geneva: World Health Organization, 2006). He has been a consultant to numerous international organizations. In this capacity, he has served, among others, as external legal expert to the World Health Organization on aspects of trade and global health, and legal consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN on the review of the regulatory framework for biotechnology and food safety in Bangladesh.


  • Global governance

  • Human rights

  • Ph.D (University of British Columbia)