Lawyer & Human Rights Activist Ikechukwu Uzoma is our #BellaNaijaMCM this Week!
Our #BellaNaijaMCM this week Ikechukwu Uzoma, is a scholar, lawyer, and a human rights activist.
In 2014, Uzoma was announced as one of 4 students who graduated with a first class from Nigerian Law School to the applause of many.
Afterwards, the graduate of Abia State University (ABSU), worked at Nigeria’s House of Representatives, under the Committee on Reform of Government Institutions.
Ikechukwu cut his teeth in the legal profession working as an intern, legal extern, and then with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Before heading to New York University School of Law for his masters degree, Ikechukwu worked as an associate at a law firm in Abuja, where he represented officers of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the National Industrial Court and presented oral arguments in a case of wrongful termination; drafted briefs of the evidence for a gubernatorial election petition hearing; and did legal research on all electoral cases in the Nigerian jurisprudence between 1999 and 2015.
After his masters degree, Ikechukwu joined the United Nations as an international law and human rights fellow, in New York working in the organisation’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Ikechukwu currently works as an associate at a law firm in Abuja, Nigeria, and is a program affiliate scholar at New York University School of Law’s Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice.
In January 2019, Ikechukwu began the Aryeh Neier Fellowship at Open Society Justice Initiative.
The fellowship is a full-time, two-year program that offers lawyers and other advocates the opportunity to gain practical experience in international human rights advocacy across a broad range of thematic areas and geographies, embedding them as an integral part of the global Justice Initiative team.
We celebrate Uzoma for devoting his knowledge to advocating for human rights across the world.