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Dr Francis Okanigbuan

Dr Francis Okanigbuan

Telephone: 0151 904 1353



Francis joined the Liverpool John Moores University in October 2018. He was a Research Fellow on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project: ‘Business Judgment and The Courts’ in the Centre for Business Law and Practice, School of Law, University of Leeds, October 2016-September 2018. He was Associate Lecturer/Tutor at the Manchester Metropolitan University, January 2016 – April 2016 and Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester, September 2013 – August 2014. Francis is a graduate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators ICSA London. He is also a Qualified Barrister and Solicitor in Nigeria. His research interests include Company Law, Corporate Law and the market for Corporate Control, Corporate Governance, Law and Economics, Commercial Law and Comparative Law. Francis is the author of a number of journal articles.


2016, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD, Corporate Law
2010, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, LL.M (Merit), International Business and Commercial Law
2008, Nigerian Law School, Nigeria, Barrister and Solicitor
2007, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria, LL.B (Hons)

Academic appointments

Lecturer, School of Law, Liverpool John Moores University, 2018 - present
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Leeds, 2016 - 2018
Associate Lecturer / Tutor, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 - 2016
Teaching Assistant, School of Law, University of Manchester, 2013 - 2014



Okanigbuan FAJ. 2019. ‘Institutions and Board Effectiveness: Any link’? The United Kingdom, United States and Nigeria in Perspective Ngwu FN, Osuji O, Ogbechie C, Williamson D. Enhancing Board Effectiveness: Institutional, Regulatory and Functional Perspectives for Developing and Emerging Markets Routledge. New York and London 978-1-138-04832-4

Journal article

Okanigbuan FA. 2016. ‘Carriers’ Liability in Contracts for the Carriage of Goods by Sea: Is there a Justification for the Hamburg and Rotterdam Rules?' (2016) 37/6 Business Law Review, Public Url

Okanigbuan FA. 2015. ‘Revisiting the Separability Doctrine and Parties’ Rights to Litigation in Commercial Transactions’ International Company and Commercial Law Review, 26 :255-259

Okanigbuan FA. 2013. ‘Corporate Takeovers and Shareholder Protection: UK Takeover Regulation in Perspective’ Manchester Review of Law Crime and Ethics, 2 :268-297

Keay AR, Loughrey J, McNulty T, Okanigbuan FA, Stewart A. Business Judgment and Director Accountability: A Study of Case-Law Over Time Journal of Corporate Law Studies, DOI


Okanigbuan F. Corporate Takeover Law and Management Discipline Routledge

Engagement & Impact

Membership of professional bodies:

Member, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Saffron House, London.

Member, Nigerian Bar Association.

Member, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS).

Young International Arbitration Group, London Court of International Arbitration.